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The Italian international reveals his career regrets

Sun 28 March 2021 | 12:41

Sampdoria striker Fabio Quagliarella, who has 173 goals in 493 Serie A games, talks about his experiences in a report with La Gazzetta dello Sport.

The difference between an artist and me is that I don’t take inspiration from something, but it’s true that I read some situations in advance,

" the 38-year-old.

“That’s what I live for. A striker’s move is a mix of instinct, ballistics, coordination, dynamics, strength, and luck. But if you score consistently, then you can say you have a natural quality.

“I’ve always scored a certain kind of goals. When I was a kid, I scored bicycle kick or long-range goals in the streets. I’ve always tried to go beyond.”

Which goal did he wish to score?

“It was my first game with Napoli. I tried to score from midfield, but I hit the crossbar. I thought: ‘The last one who scored from here was Maradona.’

“I would have been happier if I had scored that goal. To the question: ‘How many goals did you score for Napoli?’ I would have replied: ‘One, from midfield. That’s it.

“Believe me. I’m still annoyed because it didn’t go in.”

Who was his most talented teammate?

“Di Natale, he was incredible. He scored anytime he wanted.

“Sometimes he posts some videos of his goals on Facebook and I tell him: ‘Don’t do it, or you are going to stop the development of some young players who think they are worth a lot for just one shot. When they see your goals, they are going to retire.’

“Now it’s enough to score one goal to talk about a call-up to the national team. I used to play with sacred monsters who scored 30 goals per season.”

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