The Inter Milan attacker scored and assisted a goal during his countries 2-1 extra time victory over England last night in the World Cup semi-final, and afterwards Man United boss Jose Mourinho explained that it his physicality that sets the 29-year-old apart from his peers.
Mourinho accepts the defeat will be a bitter pill for England - who led through Kieran Trippier's free-kick before Ivan Perisic equalised - to swallow but believes they can take comfort from their campaign.
The Portuguese manager may yet have a World Cup victor in his squad should France and Paul Pogba win the final against Croatia where they're largely expected to be favourites.
"England have reason to cry because they were so close, but they also have reason to be optimistic", he told Russia Today.
"The team improved a lot in relation to previous appearances".
Tottenham Hotspur star Toby Alderweireld is keen on joining Manchester United after Belgium's exit from the World Cup.
Now, the club is gearing up for a new season, with fans and players alike eager to see United return to the glory days and make a real challenge for the prize they crave most of all: the Premier League trophy.
"The players, the squad and everybody involved in the World Cup for England have a reason to come back home with the pride that they gave everything and they made their country, not fully happy, but they made their country proud".
The Manchester United boss, meanwhile, heralded the achievement of Croatia, who will face France in Sunday's showpiece.
"As I know, when you work overseas, you feel your country in a different way".
They had overcome Denmark and Russian Federation to reach the semi-final, before eliminating the Three Lions.