Sunday February 6 2011
Di Natale dedicates Udinese 100th

Antonio Di Natale had a special dedication for his 100th Serie A goal in an Udinese jersey and named his next target.

His strike in the 2-0 win over Sampdoria on Saturday represented his century for the club in the top flight.

“I had been waiting for this moment for two weeks, since hitting 99,” smiled the striker.

“My teammates were waiting with me. I am happy for myself and the side, as we won a difficult game.

“I dedicate the 100th goal to many people: my family, the Pozzo family who own Udinese, the fans, but in particular my mother, who is no longer with us.”

Di Natale was already a hero at the Stadio Friuli, but the native Neapolitan became even more popular after turning down a transfer to Juventus this summer.

“My life is in Udine. There is a plan here for building a team with young players and I am happy that I stayed here, even if I received offers during the summer.

“Now that we have mathematically achieved safety, we must play every game for maximum points and then see where we end up.

“On a personal level, my next target is to match Vincenzo Montella's total of 144 goals. After all, I also netted 18 with Empoli, so it is possible.”

However, consistent hitman Di Natale accepts he won't earn an Italy recall.

“No, that's gone now. Everyone thinks about the Nazionale, but it's clear Cesare Prandelli has other plans.”