Napoli stadium announcer Decibel Bellini wrote a farewell to Gonzalo Higuain, comparing him to a girl “who doesn’t want to be loved.”
The striker is due to complete his €90m transfer to arch rivals Juventus tomorrow and supporters have not taken the news well.
Some tore up his photographs, set fire to his shirts or shoved the jerseys down the toilet, while today a giant poster at Napoli’s training camp has had Higuain’s face cut out.
Now Decibel Bellini, a club legend for his stadium announcements at the San Paolo, has taken to Instagram and Twitter to express his feelings on the matter.
“When I was a young lad, I often fell in love with the most beautiful girls in the school. I was short and not that handsome, so in the end, despite my love letters and offers to carry their backpacks for them, I didn’t get anywhere.
“Today I have changed and fallen in love with Vale, who loves me back, and now we have almost two children (I say almost because little Lorenzo won’t arrive until September).
“When I fell in love and that sentiment was not reciprocated, did I feel hurt? Yes. When the girl I loved ignored me, did I tell everyone that I was never interested in her anyway? That too.
“Why am I telling you this: because at times we fall in love (I was the first to do so) with someone or something that, quite simply, doesn’t want to be loved.
“Maybe a nice evening together or a couple of seasons, but no love. Give and receive, they call them professionals.
“I cannot deny that I celebrated, almost cried, with joy (for example on the day of the record) and certainly cannot deny that what I hear and read doesn’t disappoint me, but I’ve always said it: the strength of Napoli is in the fans.
“We have fallen and got back up many times. In our vocabulary we don’t say ‘work’, we say ‘struggle.’ We are accustomed to suffering.
“Champions come and go, but the lads in the stands and the shirt, blue like the sky, will be there forever.”