Antonio Di Natale explains why he committed his career to Udinese, snubbed Napoli and is targeting Roberto Baggio.
The 37-year-old hitman had announced he would retire at the end of last season, but changed his mind and recently scored his 200th Serie A goal in 400 appearances.
“I am only four goals away from matching Roberto Baggio’s tally of Serie A goals. Catching a champion like him would be wonderful,” Toto’ told Rai Sport.
“I do have a certain age and I cannot disguise that, but as long as I’m having fun then I will continue.”
Despite his consistent scoring record, Di Natale has barely featured for Italy and was never considered a glamorous striker.
“I have over 50 caps and scored 11 goals, but was never really used in my natural position. There are many talented players in the Nazionale and you have to adapt. I’m happy with what I achieved, anyway, and thank all the Coaches who called me for international duty. Perhaps I could’ve done more if I had played in my role.”
Di Natale could also have won a great deal of silverware if he hadn’t committed a decade to Udinese.
“It was a lifestyle choice. I’ve been here for 11 years now and am happy. I have an excellent rapport with the Pozzo family and am content with my career. Udine is a wonderful, quiet city.
“Naples is my city, but for a Neapolitan it is always difficult to play for Napoli. I am someone who doesn’t sleep for two days if Udinese lose, so imagine what would’ve happened at Napoli.
“It was an honour to receive an offer from Juventus, but I didn’t want to leave Udinese and I’m happy with that decision.
“Would I become a Coach? I don’t think I’d manage it. The best thing is to teach football to young kids.”
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