Cristiano Lucarelli: The Livorno Bull did not triumph in Valencia

Cristiano Lucarelli: The Livorno Bull did not triumph in Valencia
Cristiano Lucarelli cost Valencia 700 million old pesetas. PHOTO: magazine clipping

Cristiano Lucarelli It was a classic in the forwards of the modest Italian football teams of the second part of the years 90 and then had a long career until the second decade of the 21st century. However, his adventure in the Spanish League could not be as fruitful as he would have liked. In the late 90's, in particular between 1996-1998, Many players arrived in the Spanish League due to the opening of European borders by the Ley Bosman, where many of them did not give the level by far.

Cristiano Lucarelli, the Leghorn bull

Many of the worst signings in the history of Valencia they arrived at that time, although the Valencian team was not the only one at that time, I did pretty bad for a while on transfer refers, bringing some names that are remembered among the Valencian parish and not precisely for their merits on the grass of the ancient Mestalla.

In the summer of 1998 came to the capital of Turia for 700 million old pesetas, Cristiano Lucarelli or as he was known in football in his country the “Leghorn bull“. In those moments confusion reigned, exaggerated television rights and the football world full explosion was Ley Bosman.

The truth, what about “Tour” It came to him that neither painted Lucarelli, Well, it was an authentic tank-type center forward with more than 1,88 cm tall and possibly more kilos than desired. His baggage of 12 parties and 1 goal did not leave a mark with the Valencian shirt and to top it off, He was seriously injured.

After leaving Valencia, It fared better. He played in many teams in the Italian league and in the Shakhtar Donetsk, of Ukraine. He finished his career in 2012, in it Napoli, in one of the great. He scored goals in all the teams where he was except in Valencia where he went down in history as one of the players who wore the shirt of the Valencian team with more pain than glory.

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