Roma Starlet Registers Precocity Record Against Verona

Cristian Volpato took the chestnuts out of the fire for Roma in the Verona game, bagging a late goal and also setting up Stephan El Shaarawy to seal the contest. He’s the youngest player to score and assist in the same game since key passes began to be tracked in Serie A in 2004/2005, Opta informs.

It’s the second time the attacker punishes the Scaligeri. He also hit the net in last season’s match-up at around the same time on the schedule. Despite his clear Italian origins, he was born and raised in Camperdown in Australia. Roma noticed him during a friendly in Malesia in late 2019, Goal reports. They acquired him for €116k from the West Sydney Wanderers youth academy a few months later.

Volpato is part of the CT10 Management, the agency chaired by Giallorossi legend Francesco Totti. Since Roma were down a few men up front, he had started in the midweek Europa League game versus HJK Helsinki, providing a pretty good showing.

The prodigy quickly climbed through Roma’s youth system since joining until he caught the attention of José Mourinho. He has regularly practiced with the first team in the last season and a half. He has made seven appearances combined with Italy U20 and U19, hitting the net three times. He’s under contract with the Giallorossi until 2026.

The Special One has turned to the youngsters at his disposal while they go through the final matches of 2022 and deal with a few injury concerns across the squad. Nicolò Zaniolo subbed off due to a knock versus the Gialloblù, but the problem isn’t believed to be serious.

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