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Name Lorenzo Insigne
Gender Male
Ethnic Italian
Job Italian Footballer
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Org Italy National Team
Club as Player Napoli

2018 02 24 Retrieve

[Lorenzo Insigne writes about his football idol] And now I get to walk out on the pitch in my hometown, and I always get goosebumps because I think, ‘This is where the greatest player in the world played. This is where Maradona played’. With all due respect to Ronaldo, now that I am older, and I know my history, I have to repent and say that Maradona is the greatest who ever lived. Mr. Ronaldo, you had great boots. You were a genius. You were my inspiration. But I am a Neapolitan, and so I have to say that there is only one king, and his name is Diego Maradona.

2019 07 16 Retrieve

[Napoli star Lorenzo Insigne reiterated that Maurizio Sarri betrayed the club by joining Serie A champions Juventus] I said it and I say it again, for us Neapolitans, that was a betrayal. And it will be forever. Now we have to focus on ourselves and try to beat him at all costs. Now that he’s gone to Juve, I don’t want to talk about him anymore. The Scudetto is a dream for all of us and we will try once more

[Insigne has been linked to Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool previously, and when asked if he could move abroad] No, I never thought of leaving Napoli. I’m still young, I’m happy in Naples and want to stay here for the rest of my career

[The winger reflected on a favourite moment of his career so far – when he struck against Real Madrid in the second round of the Champions League in 2017] Scoring that goal against Real Madrid gave me such strong sensations and I hope other young Neapolitan lads can feel the same way in future. It is the dream of all Neapolitan boys and I am very proud to be in this position

2019 07 17 Retrieve

[Lorenzo Insigne believes James Rodriguez would flourish at Napoli if he chooses to join the Serie A club] The doors are open for strong players, we welcome them all. James Rodriguez is a true number 10, he has quality and together with us he would be great. Those choices, however, are up to the coach and the club

[Carlo Ancelotti’s men are continuing to aim high] The Scudetto is everyone’s dream. In the past few years we have come close and we have been disappointed. I’m convinced that if we all play with this determination we can cause trouble for anyone. We know we have a great competitor like Juve in front of us, but things could change this season with the new coach [at Juve, former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri]. I think we are getting stronger, but we have to start off on the right foot because we have the potential to fight at the top

2019 10 12 Retrieve

[Lorenzo Insigne says he does not always see eye-to-eye with Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti but has underlined his commitment to delivering success this season] My rapport with Ancelotti is a bit odd, as at times we have had rows, but that’s all down to our respective personalities. There is a difference of character between us. We happen to squabble, but Carlo remains a great coach and I hope to win with him. He has not imposed a role on me I did not want since he took over at Napoli. Sometimes, when I get over-tired or anxious at training, it can happen that I respond to his observations, but these are things that end there. I often joke with the coach

[Insigne also sent a message to any Napoli fans doubting his commitment to his hometown club] Some Napoli fans haven’t understood me, as they consider me arrogant, as if they have a different image of how I am in reality. I hope that they can change their minds and stand by me, because I’d get myself killed for the Napoli jersey. The time has come for Napoli to win. We’ve been waiting too long now

2019 10 18 Retrieve

[Insigne admitted this week he does not always see eye-to-eye with his coach, though Ancelotti has talked up the forward’s importance] The situation with Lorenzo is not at all complicated. He made an excellent start to the season then he had a dip in form and I decided to rest him. He’s a key player when he’s relaxed, happy and able to fire up the team as he does so well. He’s less effective when he’s on edge because he’s not able to express his full potential. I didn’t think he looked sharp in training and decided that it was best [to leave him out against Genk] - a strong decision perhaps but it’s all cleared up. I repeat, Insigne is a hugely important player for us

2019 11 06 Retrieve

[Lorenzo Insigne mounted a strong defence of Napoli head coach Carlo Ancelotti following the frustrating 1-1 Champions League draw against Salzburg] We’re a close-knit group and that’s down to the coach as he maintains calm and has tried to take the pressure off us in this difficult spell. We’re grateful to him and we all want to perform well for him. He helps us so much and he deserves success. We must look forward and think positive. Everything is in our hands and we’re determined to wrap up qualification in our two remaining games

[Napoli are a point behind leaders Liverpool in Group E and four ahead of third-placed Salzburg, who were on the back foot for much of Tuesday’s match] We deserved to win the game – we created loads of chances but needed to be more clinical with our finishing. We have to play with this same spirit and belief all the time because our luck will turn

2019 11 06b Retrieve

[Despite some reports suggesting Ancelotti is on the brink of being sacked, the head coach has received backing from captain and striker Lorenzo Insigne] We’re a close-knit group and that’s down to the coach as he maintains calm and has tried to take the pressure off us in this difficult spell. We’re grateful to him and we all want to perform well for him. He helps us so much and he deserves success. We must look forward and think positive. Everything is in our hands and we’re determined to wrap up qualification in our two remaining games

2019 11 27 Retrieve

[Club captain Lorenzo Insigne talks to Edoardo De Laurentiis, the club’s vice president and Aurelio’s son] We’re going home to our houses. You can tell that to your father

2020 02 25 Retrieve

[Lorenzo Insigne had no interest in comparing Lionel Messi to Diego Maradona ahead of Napoli’s clash with Barcelona] I had an interview and I said Messi is the best player in the world. However, I do not want to compare him with Maradona, who is everything for us. I do not want to compare him. Maradona is divine for Neapolitans, with all respect for Messi who is the best right now

I do not know what kind of problem Barcelona have got. I read some things as other people did. I think after four goals scored by Messi against Eibar […] they have no problems. We do not have to think about them. We have to think about ourselves. They have to play a great game from the beginning until the end. That’s it