Montella Bids Farewell To Calcio

First Paolo Maldini, Pavel Nedved and Luis Figo now Vicenzo Montella. This year has seen some universal football stars bid a final farewell to calcio and it looks like Montella is set to follow from his fellow veterans.

The "Aeroplanino" started his career in Serie C with Empoli before moving up to Serie B with Genoa where he scored 21 goals in his first and only season with the club. His impressive goal scoring ability saw him move to cross-city rivals Sampdoria where he lit the Marassi alight with his passion and trade-mark goal celebrations.

It was his eight years with Roma that saw him win over the fans especially with his four goals he scored against rivals Lazio in their 5-1 drubbing of the biancocelesti. Despite his public disagreements with Gabriel Batistuta and Fabio Capello, Montella remained a vital protagonist in their third Scudetto triumph.

In 2007 he was sent on-loan to England where he played for Fulham. His English career only lasted a short six months, as he returned back to Sampdoria where he partnered up with Cassano for a short while.

Last season he managed to only make appearances off the bench leaving him already having played his last game in May, with the fans not having the opportunity to say a formal good-bye.

It is believed that he will be brought in to be part of the coaching staff for Roma's youth teams.

It is another sad farewell to calcio and this giallorossi hero will not be forgotten. Grazie Vicenzo!


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