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Let’s Hear It For…Antonio Di Natale!

By Chris Wright


Let’s hear it for Antonio Di Natale, Udinese’s veteran (and criminally underrated) talisman who ended his professional career at the age of 36 yesterday with a hat-trick in his final game for the Zebrette in a 3-3 home draw against Sampdoria.

Di Natale, who originally announced he would be retiring at the end of the season at the turn of the year, scored his 15th, 16th and 17th league goals of the campaign (including an 88th-minute equaliser) against Samp to shore up a 13th-placed finish for Udinese in his 370-somethingth appearance for the club.

However, it’s funny what hat-tricks will do to a striker, as Di Natale faintly hinted during the emotional farewells after the final whistle that he may “try” to carry on next season.

Di Natale told reporters:

“It’s a pity the season is ending now, as I am in good physical shape and enjoying myself. Let’s hope I continue like this.

“At the start of the season, the whole team struggled to do what we’d been able to in three years together.

“But you weigh things up at the end, and I still got 17 goals in the league.”

Don’t hang out the bunting yet.

Anyway, while we’re on the subject, it never hurts to see this little beauty again…


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By Chris on May 18th, 2014 in Featured, Newsnow, Serie A. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

7 Responses to “Let’s Hear It For…Antonio Di Natale!”

  1. Mark says:

    My nipples hardened when I watched that goal

  2. JP says:

    Toto is a real class act. An excellent striker and an unremittingly selfless team player who has shown the sort of club loyalty which we always hear has gone from the game. On top of that he seems to live his private life with complete humility. Utterly decent bloke. I hope to see him knocking around next year.

  3. stoffel says:


  4. oz says:

    Pure f***ing class

  5. Col says:

    Yes, Let’s Hear If for poorly spelt headlines… :D

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