Italy, here is Raspadori: ‘Aguero the idol, the Milan fans filled me with insults. De Zerbi? To steal wallets with him … ‘| First page

Italy, here is Raspadori: ‘Aguero the idol, the Milan fans filled me with insults. De Zerbi? To steal wallets with him … ‘| First page
Italy, here is Raspadori: ‘Aguero the idol, the Milan fans filled me with insults. De Zerbi? To steal wallets with him … ‘| First page

The man of the moment. Giacomo Raspadori, Sassuolo striker born in 2000 called up by Italy coach Roberto Mancini for Euro 2020, he told with a letter to “Chronicles of Dressing Room” the last few months: “Dybala was a gentleman. A real gentleman. Off the pitch I’m the most reserved guy in the world, but when I step on the grass in football boots, I transform. If I have to ask for the shirt from a champion I face, I don’t have any problems. I am determined. At the Stadium the game had just ended and I wanted his 10 at all costs. While everyone was saying goodbye, I headed towards Paulo and – a little embarrassed, yes, because I’m not introverted but I don’t have a heart of stone – I asked: “Sorry if I’m bothering you, could I have your shirt?” He smiled at me, replying: «Of course, but will you give me yours?». I was struck: I had not yet made my Serie A debut, I was Mr. Nobody in the true sense of the word. I will never stop thanking him for what he made me live in that moment. I took off my coat, undressed and gave it to him. I was the happiest boy in the world, and he seemed satisfied too. Who knows where he put it. It was a great gift from Dybala, even though Leonardo Bonucci was also magnificent with me. During the last match we played against, in the middle of the second half he approached us and we talked a bit: “Congratulations Giacomo for what you’re doing.” We exchanged a few sentences between one action and another. I looked around and it was full of champions, I was probably stunned staring at Cristiano Ronaldo for a few seconds. I have received several shirts over the years. I have always tried to take those of my idols: Lukaku and Lautaro from Inter, some from Roma, Fiorentina, Benevento and many others. A passion that I tried to cultivate regardless of the color of the uniform. Clearly I also took some of my teammates at Sassuolo, they couldn’t be outdone. That day I went to Bonucci’s: “Leonardo, excuse me, can I ask CR7 for the shirt?”. He told me not to worry. When I was already in the locker room I hear a knock: it was him with the number 7 of Juventus, worn by Cristiano. These were the thoughts that crossed my mind as I packed my suitcase to go to Sardinia, my first retreat with the national team. I rewound the short tape of my career, savoring all the moments I have lived up to here. It was crazy to be called by Roberto Mancini right from the pre-call-up. And it was even more special to share that moment with my family, in our home in Bologna, all together. My cell phone rings and it was Sassuolo: “Giacomo, they called you up with the grown-ups.” And then I found the program in the WhatsApp chat. So, at any moment, I was on the pre-European list. «Going there, after the one with the Under-21 team, would really be the crowning glory of my joy», I thought. Being able to participate in both, wonderful. Staying in close contact with Immobile, Belotti and all the other strikers for some time will be a unique opportunity. Already in Sassuolo training with our offensive department is something sensational. With Mimmo Berardi, then, a beautiful friendship binds us. And not just because together we are a devastating couple in Call of Duty, on Warzone, but because off the pitch we are inseparable. Me, him, Manuel Locatelli and Stefano Turati. Especially in the gym we never split up, we start playing with the ball and we throw ourselves into the most unthinkable challenges. Integrating into an already established group has always been easy thanks to my teammates. In the national team there is a group that everyone speaks well of, I’m sure they will integrate me perfectly. The same treatment was given to me by Francesco Magnanelli, Federico Peluso and Gianluca Pegolo in Sassuolo. After my first year of Spring I did the retreat with them. And it was they who agreed that I was captain against Roma. I didn’t know anything about it, I was just aware that I was going to play the starter. When I got back to the locker room after the warm-up I was adjusting my shirt. Mister De Zerbi drew attention: «Raspa, today you take the sling. Is it okay with you? ». Everyone confirmed it was the correct choice. In this way he showed me his confidence, declaring his intentions: he no longer saw me as a boy attached to the grown-ups, but one of them. Of course, I knew that continuity couldn’t come right away. He always told me: “You and I have to go and steal wallets together.” The first time I burst out laughing, I was almost embarrassed, but I understood what he wanted to convey to me: his intent was to scorn me, to make me more diabolical, sportingly speaking. To acquire malice, to be more mischievous. I immediately felt ready, although everything changed quickly. Sassuolo has been able to balance everything that has been given to me. Balance, this is the key word. Otherwise you don’t even realize what you’re becoming: a public figure who has to prove something every day. Raising the bar, earning fame, and knowing how to stay in balance when the abyss with its dark moments approaches. Stay on your feet and prepare for the downsides. I don’t look at who writes to me or who likes, I think there are other things to give importance to, especially in the judgment phase. But out there the world travels fast and you stop thinking for a moment. Also because we are not gods. We are people. I, then, let alone, am already quite ashamed. Balance boys, balance. The same one with whom I faced that evening at San Siro, something that I could not even dream of. Really: if I try to imagine it, I just can’t. Yet I was that kid who scored a brace at Milan. In the celebrations we see that I had no idea what I was doing. I almost look incredulous. Even today, if I watch the video of the goals, I say “Man, but I really did it …”. It doesn’t happen every day: “Come on, today I’m going to San Siro and score a double.” It does not work like this. I received a flood of messages, especially from my friends from Milan who in the WhatsApp group filled me with insults. It was their way of letting me know they were happy. They were almost happier than me. Even my teammates were ecstatic, perhaps too much: on returning to the locker room they filled me with loving slaps. The schedule was tight, we played every three days, but I tried to stop those moments in my memory. I said: «Giacomo, relax now, and without stopping try to enjoy all this». Always with balance, however. Which is always the same with which I make the transition between football and study. I try never to disconnect from both of them, so as not to have a hard time changing my mind. If you think that with a brace you arrived at San Siro, you are doing everything wrong. And you will never have constant growth and performance. If you stop studying, you do double the effort. For me it is going great: I attend Sports Science and I am in the first year. I gave 5 exams, they are even an advanced exam. There are 2 sessions and 3 exams missing. I would say that I can finish evenly this 2021, it would be a great result. As I train my legs and abs, I have to train my mind. The path of a football player does not last until 60 years, it is important to put your hands forward to have something in hand, to have skills as well as experience. But I’m honest: I have more anxiety before an exam than a Serie A match. Very simple: on the pitch I have more confidence in my means. Do you remember Sergio Agüero’s goal against QPR? Crazy. I watched a lot of City matches, El Kun is my idol. I can’t forget that game. I was 11 years old, about the same as in that photo that Mr. De Zerbi had saved in the phone gallery. He’s been around the world, and it’s too impressive to me to see me in the same pose 10 years later. At the time I was playing in the rookies of Sassuolo, I remember that match well: it was a derby against Modena in our house. Being captain from the youth teams to the First Team is the crowning achievement of a dream. The responsibility of a silent leader. I have had that image for a long time, when it came out I was genuinely excited. I savored those actions that as a kid, in the pre-game, make you feel and be special with the armband. When you talk to the referee, when you lead your team to the pitch, when you have to help and know how to give the right advice. That’s what I want to do when I grow up “‘

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