Juventus’ Fabio Quagliarella believes that 2012 was the year of his re-birth following his recovery from serious injury.
The striker was sidelined for six months after damaging knee ligaments in January 2011 and it took him some time to then break into the first team plans of new Juventus boss Antonio Conte.
“It was a special year for me,” he said when reflecting on the past 12 months. “I faced a dark period because getting over my injury was not easy.
“But that blow made me understand many things. It allowed me to see who loved me, it strengthened my character and my patience. I then finally re-emerged.
“I was more determined than ever and my hunger for goals gave me great moments of joy in Serie A and the Champions League.
“And it was great to win the Scudetto.”
Quagliarella, signed from Napoli in 2010, scored four goals in 27 games for the Old Lady in 2011-12. He has nine in 16 matches so far this season.
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