Antonio Di Natale is a well-known figure in Italian football and enjoyed several successful seasons as one of the most sought-after players in Serie A. Juventus, being a club that consistently seeks to enhance its squad with the best talent in the league, naturally expressed interest in signing the former Udinese star.
However, Di Natale remained loyal to Udinese for the majority of his career, spanning from 2004 to 2016. While many players dream of making a move to Juventus, it’s essential to understand that personal contentment and loyalty to one’s club can be strong factors in a player’s decision-making process.
He said, as quoted by Football Italia:
“I have always been very attached to the fans and the city. In Udine, you live well, I grew up there as a man and as a footballer, and it’s where I built my family. In those years then the team was very strong, every season we fought for a place in Europe.
“The Pozzo family always treated me like a son. When there was the possibility of going to Juventus, the will of myself and the club was to continue together. And that’s what we did.”
Juve FC Says
Even though we are one of the top clubs in the world and have tempted several players during our existence, some players would still turn us down for more important reasons than money.
Not every footballer is about money and glory, some have very personal reasons for staying loyal and we cannot knock that.
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