The Poet of the week: Lorenzo Insigne

The protagonist of our column “The Poet of the Week” after the XNUMXth matchday of Serie A is the captain of Naples Lorenzo Insigne. The Italian forward played his last match on Sunday Maradona and greeted everyone with a goal from a penalty in the match that ended 3-0 for the Neapolitans against Genoa.

The episode of Lorenzo’s penalty “the magnificentWas very curious. hernani hits the ball with his arm after the header by By Lorenzo: it is rigor. The blue captain shows up on the spot, who wanted to leave Naples with a goal. However, the ball lands on the post and on the rebound Di Lorenzo scores. Insigne is desperate, but fate gives him another chance. Locksmiths, with the help of the Yes, has the penalty kick repeated because the Napoli and National team full-back had entered the area before Lorenzo kicked. The number 10 reappears on the disk and this time he makes no mistake, letting himself fall to the ground in a liberating cry.

In the pre-match Insigne had given a tearful speech and was awarded by the company. At minute 88 of the match against Genoa Luciano Spalletti makes him leave the field to give him the standing ovation. At the triple whistle he made a field tour with their children Carmine and Christian and the photos under the two curves. The Maradona made his captain feel all the warmth he deserves, with choirs, banners and scarves thrown.

This goal allows the “urchin“To overcome Marek Hamsik in all-time scorer ranking of Napoli, leading to the second at altitude 122 goals. In front of him there is only his companion Dries Mertens (146). Insigne in blue scored 96 league goals, 8 in the Italian Cup e 8 in the European Cups.

The one between Lorenzo and Insigne and Napoli was one beautiful love story 10 years long. As in all relationships, it wasn’t all plain sailing, but it sure was a very intense relationship. Insigne has often been the target of accusations by fans after the great disappointments of Napoli. Perhaps because Lorenzo has always been one of them. He embodied the principles of Neapolitanism, and for this very reason there have always been great expectations in him, perhaps sometimes greater than him.

Raised in the Napoli youth academy, he was sent to make the bones first at the Cavese, Then the Foggia and finally to the Pescara, where with Zeman has found its consecration. He returns to Napoli in 2012 and with the blue shirt he takes off some great satisfactions, winning two Italian Cups (in 2013/2014 and in 2018/2019) e an Italian Super Cup (in 2014). He also asserted himself in the European field, scoring among others at Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid, Manchester City and Barcelona al Camp Nou. But there is also the negative side: the biggest regret is certainly that of not being able to give Napoli a Scudetto. There have been opportunities, especially this season and in 2017/2018, but there has always been a lack of that extra twist to reach that goal.

In addition to the Napoli blue shirt, Lorenzo also honored that of the National. He scored 10 goals in 54 appearances, but above all he was one of the greatest protagonists of the victory in € 2020.

Now he goes in Canada: from 1 July he will be officially a player of the Toronto FC. At almost 31 years old, the time has come to change and try a different adventure.

The greeting to Napoli was moving, but it will be necessary to see if it was a goodbye or a goodbye because you know, some loves do not end, they make immense turns and then return.

By Federico Poet

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