The 'Enfant Terrible' Of Italian Football Strikes Again

Antonio Cassano's controversial move from one Milan giant to another will not enamour him to the Rossoneri while the Inter fans might also take some persuading to warm to the man who makes Totti seem a deep thinker...
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Antonio Cassano's controversial move from one Milan giant to another will not enamour him to the Rossoneri while the Inter fans might also take some persuading to warm to the man who makes Totti seem a deep thinker...

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Inter have welcomed bad-boy footballer Antonio Cassano with plenty of hot air, but don't be surprised if the bubble of enthusiasm bursts by the winter transfer window.

Life at the top has never been easy for Antonio Cassano and wherever he has been he has often manured the ground with his dastardly doings. News of why he left milan has been murky, but rumours have suggested a bust up with coach Massimilliano Allegri - something that has become habitual throughout Cassano's career. Inter, you have been warned.

Time after time the Italy international has given the impression of being on nobody's side - problems which started to surface in 2004 when at Roma. The late Franco Sensi, president of the capital club at the time said: "I don't know if I can keep Cassano. There are problems with his character and this is not helping me or the club." Fabio Capello was at the helm in Rome, but tension and arguments between Cassano, coach, and club legend Francesco Totti saw the Italian forward shipped out to Real Madrid in 2006.

Time after time the Italy international has given the impression of being on nobody's side

Despite winning a title in Spain, the Bari native was on the edge of destruction following a series of constant struggles and returned to Italy to save his life in football a year later when he joined Sampdoria. The move was seen as a gamble but it didn't pay off over the long term as Cassano squandered his chances towards the latter stages of his career in Genoa and he joined Milan in 2011. Despite being a quick-fix solution in Genoa which saw him take the club into the Champions League, his breakdown at Samp was fruit of a blatant disregard for the rules which culminated in a heated row with the club's president Riccardo Garrone.

Step in Milan, who gave a lot to Cassano - a good pay deal, possibilities to progress, a chance to win honours - but he hardly gave anything back in his 18 months at San Siro, although he did win a league title there thanks to a hoard of goals from Zlatan Ibrahimovic during the 2010/11 season. Rossoneri fans will feel cheated by the Italian as he never gave back as much as he should have done. It was Milan who stood by Cassano following his stroke - they paid his wages, supported his recovery and got him on track for Euro 2012 which saw him play an important role in reaching the final.

Rossoneri fans will feel cheated by the Italian as he never gave back as much as he should have done.

Whilst at Euro 2012, the forward again showed a lack of disciplinary problems. During a media conference he offended gays which unsettled the atmosphere and ultimately saw Milan lose their tolerance for his continued disregard for others. This, and arguments with Allegri finally undid Cassano at Milanello and he was quickly pushed out of the door in a part-exchange deal with Inter which saw Giampaolo Pazzini move the other way.

Ever the showman, Cassano put the sweetners on the gloom upon his arrival at Inter, but fans there have been asking what the club hopes to gain by signing a 30-year-old with no character. Are Inter really getting a good deal? The Nerazzurri would have been wiser to drop their interest in the former Roma man given his history of wrongdoings - anyone remember his attempted fight with a referee after being sent off at Sampdoria?

Boundaries have always been tested by Cassano - a player who is alarmingly fluid when following the rules. On the pitch, he is unlikely to get a starting place. He will likely be behind Rodrigo Palacio and Diego Milito on the starter's list and will need to fight hard for his place. The Italian will do well to remember that Serie A needs cosmetic surgery following it's continued decline over the last six years, but to be fair to him - Italy's top flight is the place where anything goes.

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