Cagliari Hero Leonardo Pavoletti Reveals Role Model

Hero of the greatest comeback victory in Serie A history, Leonardo Pavoletti has revealed who his role model is. Inspired by their captain, Claudio Ranieri‘s Cagliari executed a stunning four-goal comeback in the second-half, with Pavoletti himself scoring a brace in stoppage time in the 4-3 win over Frosinone.

34-year-old Pavoletti spoke to Radio Serie A (via CagliariNews24) and disclosed what fuels the fire in him, as he makes a name for himself for all the right seasons.

“My father still scolds me, he’s worse than the Mister (Ranieri). He is my fire, my engine, he keeps me on track, pushes me and motivates me, he always believes in me a lot. As a child he was really my hero. I started with tennis because he is an instructor, but I didn’t have much fun. Despite being good at it, I started playing football when I was ten years old. I also tried rugby at a certain point, I wasn’t bad there either.”

The Livorno-born forward has capped once for the Azzurri national team, back in 2019. Known for his old-fashioned, direct style of play, Pavoletti has been an ever-present member of the Cagliari setup since 2017/18.

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