The notorious nutjob and AC Milan forward Antonio Cassano is never too far from the front pages, but what has the text messaging cream cake addict done to deserve his Ballon D'Oh nomination?
Let’s hope that Antonio Cassano’s recent brush with mortality does not dampen the Gazza of Italian football’s zest for the wilder side of life. It is a strange twist of fate that just as the Bari-born hell raiser seemed to be calming down he manifested all the symptoms of someone in the throes of a stroke – and sure enough he had been suffering from a heart defect which finally manifested itself as he nattered away about nothing in particular on the flight back from AC Milan’s win in Rome. In fact, once hospitalized he continued to chat and text away idly on his mobile to friends and team-mates and even reportedly attempted to fire off a few texts as he was being readied for theatre.
Like all those with psycho tendencies he apologized profusely – although strangely not by text.
Never a man to do anything by half-measures, Fabio Capello coined the term Cassanata to describe the then AS Roma striker’s off-the-wall behaviour which subsequently entered the lexicon of Italian football terms to replace pazzo (nutter). Signing for Milan at the turn of the year was seen as his last chance and for a while it looked as if he was using the occasion as a last chance stand-up routine but having turned up to training late seemingly with the remnants of a cream cake on his face one time too many he was taken aside and given a verbal kicking by the club’s hierarchy who if they could have prised Marek Hamsik away from Napoli would have turfed the chubby fella out with the garbage.
However, he may have been on the naughty step at Silvio Berlusconi’s club but still found time to abuse – verbally mind – a reporter during an Italy get together and lose his rag with one of Cesare Prandelli’s coaches for waving him offside in a practice game. Like all those with psycho tendencies he apologized profusely – although strangely not by text.
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