Lorenzo Insigne personifies the modern Napoli. The captain of the team and one of its best players – he seemed to spend his entire career in his native Naples. However, fate decreed otherwise. A few days ago it became known that the 30-year-old winger would leave the Azzurri at the end of the current season and move to Toronto on a free transfer. A contract has already been signed with the Canadian club until 2026. Now it remains to wait for the summer to say goodbye to his hometown and the club.
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Insigne is in love with Naples and even more in love with Maradona’s game. He is a big fan of Diego. After the death of the Argentinean, the Italian repeatedly paid tribute to him and even made a tattoo with his portrait. Lorenzo has already surpassed his idol in both matches played for Napoli and goals scored. Everyone in Naples considered Insigne the heir to Maradona. Local residents and fans had no doubt that the football player would spend his entire career in their favorite club. However, Lorenzo leaves the Azzurri. In fact, everything went to this.
Insigne really loves Naples. But at the same time, he is a guy with a difficult character. This became especially clear in 2019. Napoli were then going through a difficult period under the leadership of Carlo Ancelotti. The team performed uncertainly, the desired results were not achieved, and there were many disagreements and conflicts within the club, not the least of which was Lorenzo. The football player then publicly admitted that he had a difficult relationship with the coach. Later, the Italian apologized to the mentor, but it is unlikely that this greatly calmed the situation within the team.
A real scandal erupted at Napoli after club president Aurelio De Laurentiis intervened in the situation. At first, the functionary criticized Insigne for his unwillingness to obey the coach. Then he instructed the team to spend some time at the base until its results improved. The players rebelled. There was nothing Ancelotti could do about it, as by then he had lost control of the locker room. According to Italian media, it was Lorenzo who told De Laurentiis’s son that the players would not live at the club’s base. Immediately after this statement, they went home.
The Neapolitans have a peculiar, but at the same time very powerful president. De Laurentiis has never been shy about publicly criticizing his club’s players. Even Dries Mertens, the best scorer in the history of the Azzurri, got it. It was foolish to believe that the functionary would forgive Insigne’s rebellion, despite his status as a captain and the love of the fans. Last summer, the Italian media seriously wrote that Lorenzo could leave Napoli. The footballer had a year left on his contract, but he was in no hurry to make a decision to leave. The leader of the Neapolitans received a new agreement from the club, but considered it disrespectful to himself.