Fabio Quagliarella is no doubt an household name in Italian football.
He has represented several Serie A clubs and the national team as well.
The 35-year old continues to bang in goals and remains among the elite goal scorers in Europe. His story is one that might surprise a lot of people.
It was only two years ago that Quagliarella first revealed publicly how a policeman who he knew had been threatening the safety of he and his family in his home city of Naples.
The striker had been vilified by the entire city having left his boyhood club for rivals, Juventus in 2010, just a year after signing a 5-year deal with Napoli, therefore the local backlash against Quagliarella was so strong that it became difficult for him to visit his hometown, Castellammare di Stabia, and the surrounding Neapolitan metro area.
Quagliarella however revealed in the summer of 2017, after the stalker had been sentenced to nearly five years in prison, how the barrage of letters sent to Napoli implicating his involvement with organized crime and drug use prompted the Partonopei to sell him to Juventus against his will.
it’s definitely not a mere coincidence that since the stalking case was settled and peace was restored to the Quagliarella family, the two seasons that followed have been his best so far as he banged in a career-high 19 goals in the 2017/18 season and he’s already found the net 16 this season.
Even though some might consider it too late, Fabio Quagliarella appears to be doing all he can to make up for lost time with his stellar contribution this season helping Sampdoria up to sixth place, only two points below the Champions League places.
Quagliarella also equalled Gabriel Batistuta’s record of scoring in eleven consecutive Serie A games which led to an outpour of emotions after all he has been through, an achievement so great that even Genoa who happen to be Sampdoria’s biggest rival, congratulated him on achieving the feat.
Quagliarella’s performance has also resulted in a potential return to Italy’s squad for the first time in over eight years after his last appearance for the national team having caught the eye of manager, Roberto Mancini.
Fabio Quagliarella’s 143 Serie A goals is the most by any active player in the league and he appears to be making up for lost time very well but it only makes one wonder how much more of a legend he would have been if he had not been so unsettled during his prime years.