Francesco Camarda: The Next World-Class Striker in AC Milan’s Ranks

World-class strikers have propelled AC Milan to success throughout their lengthy and illustrious history.

The Rossoneri have exceptional No. 9s in their DNA, starting with Marco van Basten and continuing with Andriy Shevchenko, Filippo Inzaghi, later Alexandre Pato, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

So it was understandable that Milan fans were ecstatic to learn about one extraordinarily talented person who was rising through the academy ranks.

Milan-born Francesco Camarda made news in 2021 after his incredible stats went viral on social media.

The natural striker had already spent five years in the club’s academy by the time he was 13 years old. In 87 games while participating in five-on-five and seven-a-side games with his agemates, he scored an incredible 483 goals.

Camarda scored 240 goals in 40 games during the 2017–18 season, immediately earning the moniker “wonderkid” as YouTube compilations exaggerated his potential. But ever since moving up the academy age groups, his star has only grown.

At the age of 15, Camarda has developed into a specimen standing 6 feet tall with exceptional athleticism and a natural sense for finishing in the ring. His traditional center-forward play helped Milan’s under-15 team win their first Scudetto in 12 years last season.

Francesco Camarda

In the 2022–23 season, Camarda, who has publicly referred to Ibrahimovic as his hero and shares the Swede’s love of kickboxing, has pushed on and scored 22 goals for the under-16s.

This featured a sensational hat-trick last month against Sudtirol on the road in Bolzano. The Italian sensation has continued to draw attention while playing for Italy’s under-19 national team. Due to his performances, club icon Ignazio Abate couldn’t help but invite Camarda up to compete in those games.

He has even been permitted to train with the senior team by first-team coach Stefano Piolo, and rumors suggest the 15-year-old has scored in practice games.

Camarda’s performance has translated to the international stage as well; he was selected for the Azzurri’s under-16 match against Hungary in April.

Unsurprisingly, he had a significant impact. The ‘generational talent’ first had a goal disallowed for offside, then assisted in another and won a penalty, which he later converted.

His success on all fronts has garnered a lot of interest, as seen by his 63,000 Instagram followers and endorsement deals. Francesco Camarda, Milan’s No. 9, is on the fast route to stardom thanks to his new contract with Adidas in April and a staggering quantity of goals.

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