Serie A is already looking pretty good this season.
Ronaldo has broken a goalkeeper’s nose, Inter have a team to be feared and the league has witnessed a possible goal of the year contender already.
Not bad for early September.
Fabio Quagliarella scored a pure unadulterated stunner last night as Sampdoria shocked Napoli with a 3-0 defeat.
The Italian journeyman rolled back the years as he summoned the power of Zlatan Ibrahimovic to score an outrageous volleyed flick from 10 yards out.
It was a sight to behold as the ball rolled off his heel and arced plum into the top corner, leaving Napoli keeper David Ospina as a mere bystander.
Just watch for yourself.
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In fact the goal was so good that Quagliarella couldn’t bring himself to celebrate it.
It is bound to be one of the nominees for the Ferenc Puskas award for the best goal of the season, but why didn’t spin away in elation?
Instead the 35-year-old turned to Ospina and apologised for scoring such a worldie past him.
He might have been trying to be nice but it all felt a bit humiliating.
Maybe the apology was for the years Ospina spent at Arsenal behind a backline of Per Mertesacker and Shkodran Mustafi?
Many people have suggested his muted celebration was because he used to play for Napoli and it was a sign of respect.
However, Guagliarella made just 37 appearances for them over two years so he’s hardly got Marek Hamsik status there.
He’s also played for no less than eight other Italian clubs so if it was for that reason he would hardly ever get a chance to celebrate because he’s always be playing a former side.
The other theory doing the rounds as to why he didn’t celebrate is that he is just too used to scoring spectacular goals.
If that is the case then Quagliarella is exuding Big Dick Energy™ on a nuclear scale.
Even at 35 when you have been a round the block you would have to be way too cool not to celebrate when you flick one in like that, against Napoli of all clubs.
With the goal of the season award wrapped up in September maybe you can give Ronaldo a few tips on how to score in Serie A now?
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