Fernando Forestieri dedicated his goal against Lazio to Diego Armando Maradona: ‘We all wanted to be like him as kids.’
The former Watford man had scored his first and only Serie A goal in 2008 against Inter, when he was playing for Siena.
The Argentinean shouted: “Vamos Diego” (“Come on Diego”), after scoring against Lazio at the Olimpico on Sunday.
“It’s an immense joy, it was long time I didn’t play in Serie A and I worked a lot with my teammates,” Foresteri told DAZN after the game.
“We won against a strong team. When I scored, I almost cried because Diego was the best one ever. He is eternal for me.
“When we were kids, we all wanted to be Diego. I don’t know where he is now, but I want to send him a kiss, this win is for him.
“We have to run and help each other,” he continued.
“When we play as a team, the talent of single footballers emerge. I am so happy for the win, we’ve worked so much. Not only those who played today, everyone.
“We always train well, this win is for everybody who work at the club.
“It’s the first time I play up front. I used to play as a midfielder before, I am available for the team, if the coach wants me to play, I hope I can help the team. That’s the most important thing.”
Luca Gotti didn’t travel with the team to Rome and the club’s director Pierpaolo Marino said before the game there has been a COVID outbreak this week.
“He should always remain at home,” Forestieri said laughing.
“We hadn’t won here for long time, we worked for this. It’s an important step, we need to keep this up. We have great players in midfield, in goal, if we would be more ruthless in front of goal, we could do something great.
“Today’s match was very beautiful, also for Diego, now we focus on one game at time.”