Eighth season with rossoblù: 232 games, 73 goals, of which 58 in Serie A, 34 in the last two seasons as the team's top scorer. Second scorer in the top flight behind only Gigi Riva: Joao Pedro and Cagliari, one thing. “Eight years is a long time, mainly because in today's football it is very difficult for a player to stay in the same club for so long. I am happy, I have found my balance and the right team. The group has changed little, but the mentality after what happened last season will have to be different ”.
"Scoring so many goals makes me proud, it puts me on par with the Brazilians who play in the best teams in Europe. I can't afford to think individually, but the fact that I have scored so many goals in Cagliari, which plays a championship for different goals, I consider it an extra merit. How many goals do I want to score this year? I just know that I want to score. I understood that there is no limit, if you have the right mind and desire, you can do what you want".
ABOUT THE MISTER AND STROOTMAN
“Mister Semplici had a great part of merit in his salvation, he came at a very complicated moment, we can only congratulate him. Let's start again from him, he gives us so much enthusiasm as it happened in the past season. He has a great desire to do well and continue the work he started last year. Strootman? A strong player who can give us a great hand”.
WHAT A COUPLE WITH PAVO!
“Leo showed how strong he is mentally: in a difficult period he helped us a lot. He has overcome his physical problems, this year we're going back together, we know how much we can help the team"
JOAO THE MULTI-PURPOSE
“Since I have been in Italy, I have played in all offensive positions: modern football, so dynamic, does not allow anyone to join a single role. It's enough for me to play: I scored both as a half-wing and as a pure striker”.
FIGHT AGAINST RACISM
"The racism in football is still there and it has been seen in the case of the English players who missed their penalties in the European final. Only those who have been through it can tell how bad it is. I'm sorry because over the years players with much more experience than them have missed penalties. We will continue to fight: racism, on and off the pitch, must disappear”.