Kaka insists world’s best striker is Romelu Lukaku – who reminds him of Adriano

Romelu Lukaku is the best striker in the world and has parallels with former Inter Milan great Adriano, according to ex-Brazil ace Kaka.

Kaka is a man who knows a thing or two about elite centre-forwards, having played alongside the likes of Andriy Shevchenko, Filippo Inzaghi, Ronaldo and Raul during his time at AC Milan and Real Madrid.

And the 2007 Ballon d'Or winner, 39, believes Lukaku is the pick of the bunch when it comes to ranking the best finishers in the game.

The Belgium hitman netted 24 goals for Inter last season as they won their first Serie A title in over a decade, finishing 12 points clear of fierce rivals and Kaka's former side AC Milan.

Lukaku has continued that fine form following his £98million move back to Chelsea, scoring the opener on his debut against Arsenal, hitting a brace at home to Aston Villa and finding the winner against Zenit St Petersburg in the Champions League.

Kaka has been impressed with the form shown by Lukaku this season and believes the 28-year-old boasts similar characteristics to his former international team-mate Adriano.

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"Romelu is number one, he reminds me of Adriano at his best – physical strength, intelligence, speed," Kaka told Italian publication Gazzetta dello Sport via sempreinter.com.

"A year ago Milan took the lead [in the title race] after the first derby, then Inter took it back and won deservedly."

Brazil legend Adriano managed 67 goals across two stints at the San Siro, while also scoring 27 goals in 48 appearances for his country between 2000 and 2010.

He finished his club career with 137 goals to his name – a tally Lukaku has already smashed past during spells with Anderlecht, Everton, West Brom, Manchester United, Inter Milan and Chelsea.

His winner against Zenit on Wednesday was his fourth goal since rejoining the club, and he told BT Sport after the match: "I'm really happy with the win. Today was a better performance than the weekend. We have to keep growing."

Asked what it would be like to win the Champions League with the Blues, he replied: "One game at a time. Today is the first game. Now we have a difficult game at the weekend against Tottenham."

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