Fabrizio Miccoli’s first season in the Italian top flight saw him earn the nickname ‘the Romario of Salento’.
He played for Juventus, Fiorentina, Palermo and Benfica among others as well as picking up ten international caps for Italy.
The former Palermo captain was accused of aggravated extortion.
According to the prosecution Miccoli paid Mauro Lauricella, the son of an alleged mafioso, to recover €12,000.
The accusations date back to between 2010 and 2012, but Miccoli’s lawyer has rejected the accusations and says they will appeal.
Miccoli denied knowing anything about Lauricella’s mafia links during the trial.
Miccoli, who spent time in AC Milan’s academy as a youth, started his career at third tier Casarano, where he made his debut at 17, before moving up one level to join Ternana.
It was during his time at Ternana that the Italian media dubbed Miccoli ‘the new Del Piero’, a tag that was only strengthened when he joined Juventus in 2002.
The 38-year-old is best remembered for the six seasons he spent at Palermo, where he helped them get to the final of Coppa Italia in 2011 before being beaten by Inter Milan.
He was last seen playing for Birkirkara, where he scored against West Ham in a Europa League qualification game.
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