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Mauro Icardi’s stunning backheel goal against Sampdoria was dripping in style

Icardi stunned everyone on the pitch when he slotted home a backheel to secure as part of a four-goal haul

Can you believe Argentina are considering not taking Mauro Icardi to the World Cup?

The spiky Inter forward continued to set Serie A alight this season with a four-goal haul against Sampdoria today.

His second goal, scored with a stunning backheel was the stuff of football dreams.


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Icardi listening out for more comments from Diego Maradona

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Icardi listening out for more comments from Diego Maradona

The Inter striker stroked home his first goal of the day from the spot before he added another straight out of the top drawer.

The ball pinged off a defender in the box and landed at Icardi’s feet at the edge of the six-yard box.

Fully facing away from goal and without missing a beat the Argentine swung his heel at the ball and rolled it between the keeper and the desperate last defender.


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What about that then?

That level of creation takes real ingenuity and an inherent sense of where the back of the net is.

Icardi has both attributes in spades.

He finished a 14-minute hat-trick with a tap in on the 43rd minute, but he wasn’t finished just yet.

Icardi’s last goal was either a very lucky strike or a moment of pure genius.

He watched the ball came down in the area and struck a right-footed volley from a tight angle.

The ball bounced in front of the keeper and went agonisingly over his hands and into the far corner.

Not many better sights in football

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Not many better sights in football

That was Icardi’s sixth hat-trick in Serie A, which the boffins at Opta say is a league high since he made his league debut back in 2012-13.

At just 25 years old Icardi became the sixth young player to reach 100 Serie A goals as he took his tally to 103.

With Lionel Messi in scintillating form, Higuain scoring important Champions League goals for Juventus and Sergio Aguero banging them in for City, Argentina have terrifying options up front for the World Cup this summer.

But will Icardi be there to join the party?