Ballon D'Oh Nominations 2011: Wigan Athletic's Profligate Franco Di Santo

So profligate that he makes Fernando Torres look prolific, Franco Di Santo clearly can't wait to get out of Wigan and the feeling is mutual with their supporters. Don't cry for this Argentinian.
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So profligate that he makes Fernando Torres look prolific, Franco Di Santo clearly can't wait to get out of Wigan and the feeling is mutual with their supporters. Don't cry for this Argentinian.

So profligate that he makes Fernando Torres look prolific, Franco Di Santo clearly can't wait to get out of Wigan and the feeling is mutual with their supporters. Don't cry for this Argentinian.

We’ve not had much luck with Argentineans in Wigan. In our first ever Premier League game, Wigan Athletic looked great value to secure a 0-0 draw against Chelsea, or even a famous victory only for Hernan Crespo to steal the spoils for the Londoners with a hammer of a shot to destroy what could have been a famous debut in the big time.

And apart from a weak penalty miss in September at Eastlands, Carlos Tevez has been a perennial thorn in our side scoring at will against us whether in red, blue or claret and blue.

It doesn’t get much better when it comes to those Argies who have worn the blue and white of the Latics. Around ten years ago we signed a dashing full back from Walsall by the name of Gino Padula. With long flowing locks, he resembled Jesus and promise of divine intervention. And what’s not to like about a footballer called Gino – we all had visions of our fans clapping away in unison to Dexy’s Midnight Runners. In truth the song managed a brief outing once at Bristol Rovers away and brief outing was very much the description of Padula’s fleeting career at Wigan. His missus was something else mind you.

Fast forward to the Summer of 2010 and to suggest that Wigan Athletic spending £6m on a new Argentinean striker would be a flagship signing would be slightly under-cooking it a bit. More like flag-aircraft carrier and so it was that Roberto Martinez spent his entire transfer budget on Estudiantes sharp shooter Mauro Boselli, who arrived at the DW, failed to score save for a Carling Cup tie and was promptly sent out on loan to Genoa. And then back to Estudiantes on loan this season. All season. So he’s learning to adapt to the English game by going on a full season’s loan back to Argentina. Rrrrright…..

As if one misfiring Argentinean centre forward wasn’t enough, we also managed to procure another one at around the same time at merely half the price of Boselli. Blackburn and Chelsea fans will be familiar with the less than prolific Franco Di Santo, whose record reads as follows: Chelsea: 16 apps, all as sub, no goals; Blackburn: 25 apps, nine of them as sub, one goal; Wigan Athletic: 39 apps, 19 as sub with four goals. Essentially prior to the start of this season the young striker had made nearly 70 Premier League appearance and scored just two goals. Albeit over half of his appearances coming off the bench.

Maybe he was referring to the town or the club as a whole, zona di merda = s******e = I wanna get out of this s******e in three months.

However, it was not his inability to hit the proverbial cow’s arse with a banjo which infuriated Wigan Athletic fans, it was his slightly odd and borderline offensive behaviour on Twitter which really grated amongst the Latics twitter community.

It started in February when Wigan Athletic were languishing in the relegation zone of the Premier League when a possibly innocuous tweet translated as “just 3 months to get out of the zona di merda”. Maybe we were just being over-sensitive or it was a mis-translation but some took it to mean something a lot more personal to Wigan Athletic than that. I mean surely you’d want to get out of the relegation zone the next game and not in three months? Maybe he was referring to the town or the club as a whole, zona di merda = s******e = I wanna get out of this s******e in three months. 2 + 2 = 87 perhaps? It wouldn’t be like football fans to jump to a conclusion though.

A few weeks later, a fan happened to be discussing a previous game and remarked (using Di Santo’s twitter ID of @FrancoDiSanto7) that Di Santo couldn’t buy a goal at the minute. Within a few hours, he received a reply in Spanish which following a spot of furious translation came out as ‘Why don’t you go and sh*g your sister?’ Charming!

However, this had still gone unnoticed by the media at large at this point yet Franco had another mis-interpreted faux pas up his sleeve. On 1 May he tweeted “23 days and counting ;)” a clear reference to the season’s conclusion on May 22nd. Again, whereas not overtly disrespectful, the insinuation seemed to be that he couldn’t wait to get the season over with and finish playing for Wigan and the fans were yet again apoplectic.

One tweeted back “Is that until you leave Wigan? You really are a bit of a p***t, aren’t you?” bizarrely not a Wigan fan at all but a Liverpool fan. @NicoFleche85 was watching with interest whilst others offered to play the lazy bastard’s air fare home.

The account was closed soon after with mutterings of ‘he’s just a young lad and didn’t know what he was saying’ and young Franco is still here. He even managed to score three goals in the first five games of this season. All deflections mind you. There is a suggestion that there might be a decent footballer in there somewhere and the fact he has a decent work rate and plays the game with a smile on his face must count for something. He just needs to stop that other South American trait of brandishing imaginary yellow cards. And calling people’s mother’s whores. I forgot that one.

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We’ve not had much luck with Argentineans in Wigan. In our first ever Premier League game, Wigan Athletic looked great value to secure a 0-0 draw against Chelsea, or even a famous victory only for Hernan Crespo to steal the spoils for the Londoners with a hammer of a shot to destroy what could have been a famous debut in the big time.
And apart from a weak penalty miss in September at Eastlands, Carlos Tevez has been a perennial thorn in our side scoring at will against us whether in red, blue or claret and blue.
It doesn’t get much better when it comes to those Argies who have worn the blue and white of the Latics. Around ten years ago we signed a dashing full back from Walsall by the name of Gino Padula. With long flowing looks, he resembled Jesus and promise of divine intervention. And what’s not to like about a footballer called Gino – we all had visions of our fans clapping away in unison to Dexy’s Midnight Runners. In truth the song managed a brief outing once at Bristol Rovers away and brief outing was very much the description of Padula’s fleeting career at Wigan. His missus was something else mind you.
Fast forward to the Summer of 2010 and to suggest that Wigan Athletic spending £6m on a new Argentinean striker would be a flagship signing would be slightly under cooking it a bit. More like flag-aircraft carrier and so it was that Roberto Martinez spent his entire transfer budget on Estudiantes sharp shooter Mauro Boselli who arrived at the DW, failed to score save for a Carling Cup tie and was promptly sent out on loan to Genoa. And then back to Estudiantes on loan this season. All season. So he’s learning to adapt to the English game by going on a full season’s loan back to Argentina. Rrrrright…..
As if one misfiring Argentinean centre forward wasn’t enough, we also managed to procure another one at around the same time at merely half the price of Boselli. Blackburn and Chelsea fans will be familiar with the less than prolific Franco Di Santo whose record reads as follows: Chelsea: 16 apps, all as sub, no goals; Blackburn: 25 apps, 9 of them as sub, 1 goal; Wigan Athletic: 39 apps, 19 as sub with 4 goals. Essentially prior to the start of this season the young striker had made nearly 70 Premier League appearance and scored just 2 goals. Albeit over half of his appearances coming off the bench.
However, it was not his inability to hit the proverbial cow’s arse with a banjo which infuriated Wigan Athletic fans, it was his slightly odd and borderline offensive behaviour on Twitter which really grated amongst the Wigan Athletic twitter community.
It started in February when with Wigan Athletic were languishing in the relegation zone of the Premier League when a possibly innocuous tweet translated as “just 3 months to get out of the zona di merda”. Maybe we were just being over-sensitive or it was a mis-translation but some took it to mean something a lot more personal to Wigan Athletic than that. I mean surely you’d want to get out of the relegation zone the next game not in three months? Maybe he was referring to the town or the club as a whole, zona di merda = shithole = I wanna get out of this shithole in three months. 2 + 2 = 87 perhaps? It wouldn’t be like football fans to jump to a conclusion though.
A few weeks later, a fan happened to be discussing a previous game and remarked (using Di Santo’s twitter ID of @FrancoDiSanto7) that Di Santo couldn’t buy a goal at the minute. Within a few hours, he received a reply in Spanish which following a spot of furious translation came out as ‘Why don’t you go and sh*g your sister?’ Charming!
However, this had still gone un-noticed by the media at large at this point yet Franco had another mis-interpreted faux pas up his sleeve. On the 1st May 2011he tweeted “23 days and counting ;)” a clear reference to the season’s conclusion on May 22nd. Again, whereas not overtly disrespectful, the insinuation seemed to be that he couldn’t wait to get the season over with and finish playing for Wigan and the fans were yet again apoplectic.
One tweeted back “Is that until you leave Wigan? You really are a bit of a p****, aren’t you?” bizarrely not a Wigan fan at all but a Liverpool fan @NicoFleche85 with a soft spot for Wigan who was watching with interest whilst others offered to play the lazy bastard’s air fare home.
The account was closed soon after with mutterings of ‘he’s just a young lad and didn’t know what he was saying’ and young Franco is still here. Why he even managed to score three goals in the first five games of this season. All deflections mind you. There is a suggestion that there might be a decent footballer in there somewhere and the fact he has a decent work rate and plays the game with a smile on his face must count for something. He just needs to stop that other South American trait of brandishing imaginary yellow cards. And calling people’s mother’s whores. I forgot that one.