The goals, “Ciro”, Maradona: Mertens story in Naples
He arrived in 2013: immediately an Italian Cup won before the transformation into a false nine. But a ‘very true’ 9 in terms of implementation. Goal after goal, almost top scorer, among the candidates for the Golden Ball. Enough to beat the record of the legend Maradona (‘sorry, I would always be the most important’). The coffees, the jokes with the storekeeper Starace and the nickname Ciro, now the name of his son VIDEO. GREETING FROM NAPLES TO DRIES
ARRIVAL IN NAPLES – It is June 24, 2013 when a 26-year-old Belgian striker arrives in the city. He costs less than ten million. He comes from Holland, PSV, a club that has launched football champions. And with which he has already challenged Napoli in Europe in 2012, scoring a goal. The debut is the first match available: he enters for Hamsik. The captain who will then surpass in the rankings of the best all-time bombers.
His first coach is Rafa Benitez. In 2013, with him, they also come from Real Madrid Callejon And Gonzalo Higuain. Insigne, symbol of the city, has returned from various loans for one season, the last (triumphant) in Pescara in B. The system is a 4-2-3-1. There, together with Hamsik, the new talents rotate. An Italian Cup (2013-14) and the Italian Super Cup will soon arrive.
HE ARRIVES SARRI – Dries ends his first two seasons in Naples with 13 and 10 goals. Then here’s a new coach, his name is Maurizio Sarri. He worked in the bank, practically always coaches with an infinite apprenticeship in the lower leagues. The ideal is that of the beauty of the game. But it makes a 4-3-3. Often with Insigne, Higuain (who in 2015-16 sets the historic record of goals in a single Serie A championship, 36) and Callejon. Mertens only plays six games as a starter in A.