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Inzaghi claims he was better than Messi and Ronaldo

Former AC Milan man Pippo Inzaghi has told La Gazzetta dello Sport that his record of scoring in major finals eclipses Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

AC Milan legend Pippo Inzaghi has declared his record at major finals to be better than Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport.

Inzaghi retired in the summer of 2012 with an impressive scoring record, which includes goals in the finals of the Champions League, the FIFA Club World Cup and the UEFA Super Cup.

The current Milan youth coach believes that what he achieved won't be matched by any of the game's current greats, such as Messi and Ronaldo.

"I won the Champions League twice with Milan and everyone associates with the second one, in Athens in 2007 when I scored twice against Liverpool," Inzaghi said to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

"But in reality I look back possibly with more pride on the first in 2003 when we beat Juventus on penalties as I scored something like 12 or 13 goals in that competition starting in the preliminaries.

"In 2007 I had been out injured for a while and Carlo Ancelotti didn't know whether to play me or Alberto Gilardino. He played me and I scored twice, then I got one against Sevilla in the Super Cup and two against Boca Juniors in the Club World Cup.

"Five goals in three finals - the most important finals there are - and we won them all. Nobody else has managed that, not even Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo. It's a record I'm holding on to."

Inzaghi also revealed his regret that he wasn't able to link up with Zlatan Ibrahimovic more often during his final months as a player after a row with coach Massimiliano Allegri.

"My only regret is that I didn't get to play alongside Zlatan in my last days as a player at Milan," Inzaghi explained. 

"We had a great relationship and he was always delighted when I scored. We were made to play together in attack. In reality that wasn't possible - you know what happened. But it was a shame, perhaps if I'd been able to form a stable partnership with Ibra I'd still be playing."

Inzaghi may enjoy revenge over Allegri if he takes over the Milan bench from the current coach as many believe will be the case if the Rossoneri continue to disappoint in Serie A.

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