Daniel Pablo Osvaldo has admitted his hat-trick for Roma on Sunday was just what he needed to silence his critics.
“I’m happy,” he told Roma Channel after the 4-0 win over Siena. “I was going through a difficult moment. Now I hope things get better.”
The 27-year-old now has 15 Serie A goals this term, but he’s not a universally loved figure in the Italian capital.
“I’m really attached to this shirt and I look to prove that,” he continued. “Sometimes I succeed and sometimes I don’t.
“I’d like to thank the fans too, even if there is a section who are against me, but 99 per cent of the things said about me are false…”
Only three players have scored more than the Argentine-born Italian international this season in the League – Napoli’s Edinson Cavani, Antonio Di Natale of Udinese and Milan’s Stephan El Shaarawy.
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