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Sunday May 17 2020
Di Natale: 'Liverpool wanted me at all costs'

Udinese legend Antonio Di Natale reveals Liverpool ‘were prepared to do anything’ to sign him and his ideal strike partner would’ve been Cristiano Ronaldo.

The forward retired in 2016 after 12 years in Friuli and is now working as a youth team coach at Spezia.

“Cristiano Ronaldo would’ve been an ideal teammate, because he is so quick with his legs and his mind,” Di Natale told Tuttosport.

“I was a little bit like him back in the day, so it would’ve been fantastic for us to play together.”

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Tuesday May 5 2020
Di Natale: 'Juve would have changed my life'

Antonio Di Natale reveals he chose ‘happiness’ over a transfer from Udinese to Juventus and says it’s ‘a scandal’ to know that Francesco Totti won’t enter Trigoria at Roma.

The former No10 arrived at the Dacia Arena in 2004 and his performances with the Zebrette gave him the opportunity to sign for the Old Lady.

But the former Italy international decided to stay where he was happy and the 42-year-old doesn’t seem to regret spending 12 years with the Friulians, contributing 228 goals in 445 matches.

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Sunday October 6 2019
'Ribery-Chiesa like Di Natale-Alexis'

Franck Ribery and Federico Chiesa can be for Fiorentina what Antonio Di Natale and Alexis Sanchez were at Udinese, claims Francesco Guidolin.

The two clubs face off today at 11.30 UK time (10.30 GMT), click here for a match preview.

After a little tactical tinkering, Coach Vincenzo Montella seems to have settled on a 3-5-2 formation for the Viola, with 36-year-old Ribery partnering Chiesa, who turns 22 later this month.

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Wednesday August 21 2019
Sanchez a steal for Inter

Inter's deal with Manchester United for Alexis Sanchez is zero-risk and with potentially massive benefits, writes Football Italia Chief Correspondent Richard Hall.

"Alexis Sanchez to Inter is a gamble that both parties could win comfortably.” These were the words of Udinese legend and former team-mate of Alexis Sanchez, Antonio Di Natale. The former Azzurri hitman had a point, when you analyse the terms that will see the Chilean arrive in Milan, one has to think it is a steal. The agreement is a risk-free one for Antonio Conte and could, in turn, see the rebirth of a superlative talent that could light up Serie A.

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Monday August 19 2019
Di Natale: 'Alexis back to best at Inter'

Udinese legend and former teammate Antonio Di Natale is confident Alexis Sanchez “will get back to his best” at Inter with Antonio Conte.

Multiple sources in Italy, England and Chile confirm the deal is done, on loan with option to buy for €15m and Manchester United sharing at least half of his salary.

He is expected to undergo his medical and sign the paperwork on Tuesday.

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Sunday January 6 2019
Di Natale: 'Muriel suited to Fiorentina'

Antonio Di Natale believes his former Udinese teammate Luis Muriel “will do really well on the left of the Fiorentina trident.”

Muriel arrived from Sevilla on loan for €1m with option to buy for €12-15m at the end of the season.

“If he came to Florence with the desire to prove what a great player he really is, then I am sure he’ll do brilliantly,” Di Natale told La Repubblica.

They were teammates at Udinese in 2012-13, with Di Natale scoring 23 goals and Muriel 11.

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Friday November 2 2018
No more Di Natales

Udinese don’t have Toto anymore and, as Richard Hall explains, their entire model seems to be a thing of the past.

The Stadio Friuli looked different back then, certainly not as modern but it still had atmosphere. On the March 8 2014, Antonio Di Natale was wheeling away in celebration after tapping home from close range. There was nothing special about the goal, only that it came against Milan and it would go towards his league tally of 17 for the season. Even back then the cracks were beginning to show in the ‘Udinese model’ but now in 2018, as they face Milan again, the Zebrette are a shadow of their former selves. Only now there in no ‘Toto’ to save them.

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Tuesday September 4 2018
Official: Di Natale back in football

Serie B side Spezia have officially appointed Udinese legend Antonio Di Natale to their backroom staff.

A statement on Spezia’s official website confirms Di Natale has been taken on as a consultant and ‘technical collaborator’, working with their first team.

The former Italy striker is sixth on the list of all-time Serie A goalscorers, with 191 of his 209 goals coming for Udinese.

The 40-year-old also worked under Spezia boss Pasquale Marino at Friuli, while this marks his first non-playing role since retiring in 2016.

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Tuesday August 21 2018
Di Natale to join Spezia

Udinese legend Antonio Di Natale is expected to join Spezia’s staff as the striker coach.

The former Italian international is sixth on the list of all-time Serie A goalscorers, with 191 of his 209 goals coming for the Zebrette.

Today the Gazzetta dello Sport reports that Toto is ready to return to football, accepting a role on Pasquale Marino’s staff at Spezia.

Marino worked with Di Natale in two spells as Udinese Coach, and has convinced the 40-year-old to become the striker coach for his side.

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Friday June 29 2018
‘Napoli are signing new Buffon’

Antonio Di Natale believes Napoli are signing ‘the new Gianluigi Buffon’ in Udinese goalkeeper Alex Meret.

Meret is expected to join Napoli in a €35m deal, while Di Natale played with the 21-year-old towards the end of his prolific spell with Udinese.

“I saw him grow in all aspects, both technically and in terms of character,” the former Italy striker told Radio Kiss Kiss.

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