Saponara, the trequartista who disguised himself as Totti in Rome

Spezia's offensive midfielder left a Vaseline goal to remember for his resemblance to those of the eternal Romanist captain

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The meeting between Roma and Spezia in the round of 16 of the Coppa Italia has had it all. The 'giallorossi' team fell 2-4 in extra time after starting losing the match 0-2. At the start of extra time, Mancini and Pau López were sent off within a minute and left their team with 9 in an unusual situation. Fonseca made six changes (five are the maximum allowed) and conceded two goals with a clear protagonist: Riccardo Saponara.

The trequartista made a double and was the best of a crazy match. The newly promoted team took the lead in the 6th minute and, just 10 'later, Saponara doubled the lead with a right hand from the edge of the area. Unstoppable for Pau López. However, the moment that crowned a historic night for Spezia came in the 118th minute. With the match 2-3 and almost coming to an end, they received a ball in three quarters of the rival field. He drove unopposed and, after a moment's hesitation, saw the Roma goalkeeper a little ahead. At that moment and from 20 meters, Saponara decided to make a perfect vaseline that surpassed Fuzato and stroked the net to sentence the game.

His goal was celebrated by the whole team as it marked the move to the next round, but his technical gesture is going around the world. After the match, the 'aquilotti' midfielder was satisfied with the victory: "It is a feat, we played with courage and we found the goals. We have shown that Spezia has its own identity, the result reflects that." Ricky, as his teammates know him, is facing his fourth loan loss since he arrived at Fiorentina. The previous two were in the two teams from the city of Genoa (Sampdoria and Genoa) and, after an uncertain summer, in January they headed for Spezia, a newly promoted team that is five points above relegation in Serie A and in Coppa quarters for the third time in its history thanks to the work of its coach Vincenzo Italiano.

The talented midfielder who passed through Milan

Ricky Saponara's career has been characterized by the ups and downs he has experienced over the last decade. In the summer of 2010 he joined the Empoli Under-19 team for € 500,000, where he soon dazzled and started playing with the first squad. After a dazzling start to the season (8 goals and 7 assists in 18 games), in January 2013, Milan took over 50% of Saponara's rights for € 3.8m and remained on loan until the end of the season at the Tuscan box, which was active in Serie B. A year later, the Milan team buys the other half of its rights. His stage as 'rossonero' did not bear fruit (only 8 games) and in the summer of 2015 he returned to Empoli in Serie A.

In his fetish team he continues to excel and has a great season in the highest category of Italian football. So much so that Fiorentina decided to add the talent of the Forli-born to their team. In January 2017, the group 'violated' it signed a loan with a purchase obligation in an operation of around € 9M. His first six months in Florence are not bad at all. He has continuity and scores 2 goals and gives 4 assists in those five months. The following season does not have much prominence (900 minutes in 18 games) and in the summer of 2018 he leaves on loan with a purchase option to Sampdoria.

Later he would do it at Genoa and Lecce. Three weeks ago he arrived at Spezia with the hope of having continuity in a team of the highest demand and showing that his talent is worthy of Serie A. Meanwhile, the cult player who exploded at Empoli continues to leave details of a gamer .



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