Roma star Zaniolo could win the Ballon d’Or, says Capello

Roma star Nicolo Zaniolo has the potential to win the Ballon d’Or, according to former Giallorossi head coach Fabio Capello.

The 21-year-old midfielder has shone since Serie A resumed following the coronavirus-enforced break, having previously thought his season would be curtailed when he tore a knee ligament in January.

Roma midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo

Zaniolo produced a superb performance in the 3-1 win at Juventus on Saturday, marking his first start since the reverse fixture on January 12 with a fine assist for Diego Perotti’s second goal.

Capello believes the Italy international is a rare talent in world football.

“Zaniolo has physical power and strength and extraordinary quality,” he said on Sky Sport Italia.

“He has potential not just for the [European] Golden Shoe, but he can aspire to something more, to the Ballon d’Or.

“I’m in love with Zaniolo. Everything is there in terms of strength, quality and speed, at the highest level.

“Other players have this potential, but not at his level.”

Zaniolo, who joined from Inter in 2018, has made 32 appearances in all competitions for Roma in 2019-20.

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