Rangers star Alfredo Morelos has earned comparisons to legendary Germany and Bayern Munich striker Gerd Muller.
Benfica boss Jorge Jesus was speaking about the Colombian international prior to the two club’s facing off in their table-topping Europa League clash in Lisbon.
Claiming that the 24-year-old forward is “very well known”, Jesus spoke specifically about having to deal with the player with Rangers promising to create his side the most problems in the group so far.
In talking up the powerhouse forward, Jesus compared Morelos to the legendary striker who won three European Cups with Bayern and a World Cup with Germany in the 70s.
“The striker [Morelos] is very well known,” said Jesus [Herald].
“He’s a Colombian who doesn’t have much of a playing style, he doesn’t have an elegant aesthetic, but he’s very dangerous.
“He’s got that style like Gerd Muller.
“They [Rangers] play in a very complicated system, they try to imitate Liverpool’s 4-3-3 which I know from playing against them in the Club World Cup final.
“They’ll create more problems for us than the teams we’ve faced so far.
“They competed with Porto in the group stage last season, they won at home and drew in the Dragao.
“Whoever wins will have the best chance of qualifying and it’s sure to be a fiercely-contested game.
“I’ve no doubt that we’ll be facing our strongest opponents to date, including the league but even without our fans we’re stronger.”
Whilst there’s no doubt that Morelos – who equalled Rangers’ all-time European goalscoring record (21) with the winner in the 1-0 win over Lech Poznan – is a good player, the Colombian has a ways to go before he achieves what Gerd Muller did in football.
Lethal striker Muller, now 75, scored 565 goals in 607 games for Bayern Munich, winning eight domestic trophies in total and three European Cups in a row in the 70s.
Muller also won the Golden Boot at the 1970 World Cup and lifted the trophy with West Germany in 1974, scoring an incredible 68 goals in 62 games in total for his country.