Arsenal flop Gervinho is building a new reputation since moving to the Italian capital Roma in 2013, and teammate Francesco Totti insisted he could be as good as Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Côte d’Ivoire international has been impressing since Roma have invested £8 million to bring the man in the Seria A, and it was an unsure bidding as the man struggled earlier in the Premier League.
At the end of last season Gervinho had already achieved what he did at Arsenal in two season, netting 12 times in 37 appearances.
Under Wenger the Ivorian managed only 11 goals in 41 games, but teammate Totti backed up the man after another excellent start to the season this campaign.
Totti told FIFA.com: “I’d seen him two or three times when he was at Arsenal, but it’s only when you’re playing alongside him that you realise what an absolute monster he is. If he was more clinical, Gervinho would be at Cristiano Ronaldo’s level.”
As the Italian Serie A kicked-off again for the 2014-2015 season just under a month time, AS Roma have earned the maximum of points of 12 with a perfect start.
They made four wins out of four and are following tittle-holders Juventus form at the top of the table as they also made a perfect start to the season.
Gervinho has certainly contributed to this immediate success as he found the back of the net three times in five appearances in all competitions.
On European stages, two goals in Roma's Champions League Group E opening match against CSKA Moskva last week allowed his side to make an impressive start to the tournament as they trashed the Russian's side 5-1.
Gervinho went on to put his team 2-0 up just after 10 minutes into the first-half, after he set up Juan Manuel Iturbe's opener within six minutes.
He then scored for the second time in the first half to make it 4-0 at the interval, which left him be voted Man of the Match that evening.
In League he already scored one goal against Parma Wednesday night, which left them run out 2-0 winners and stand second of the table.
Promising future in Italy
Gervinho did not succeed at the top of best league in the world, the Barclays Premier League, after moving to North London in a £10million deal from French League 1 side Lille OSC.
Although not being as good as potentially Manchester United returner star Ronaldo - contrary as what Totti claimed, yes there's no way - the Ivorian forward could reach a better level in Italy and live the pinnacle of his football career now aged 27.
If the man keep a good form in Champions League football and help Roma to go through the Group stages, then he would have achieve quite something as the Group E includes Manchester City and Germans Bayern Munich.