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The Career of Mattia Destro: A Journey Through Italian Football

The Career of Mattia Destro: A Journey Through Italian Fo...

Mattia Destro, the 32-year-old Italian striker, has had a career marked by meteoric rises, challenging loan spells, and a rediscovery of form. His journey through Italian football has been a testament to resilience, unwavering ambition, and the relentless pursuit of finding the net.

Early Career and Rise to Prominence

Mattia Destro's footballing odyssey began at his hometown club in Ascoli Piceno, Italy. His raw talent and predatory instincts quickly caught the eye of Genoa, where he exploded onto the scene in 2010, scoring 11 goals in his debut season. This remarkable performance earned him a move to Serie A giants AS Roma in 2012, where he enjoyed a dream debut season, forming a formidable partnership with Francesco Totti and earning a call-up to the Italian national team.

Fluctuating Form and Loan Spells

Despite his early success, injuries and inconsistency led to loan spells at various clubs, including Milan, Fiorentina, and Bologna. During this period, Destro continued to showcase flashes of brilliance while searching for stability amidst the challenges. However, his resilience and unwavering ambition saw him hone his skills and rediscover his scoring touch at Genoa and Sassuolo, proving that he remained a prolific force in Italian football.

Recent Moves and Current Club

On 4 January 2020, Destro agreed to a return to Genoa on loan until the end of the season, and on 7 September 2020, he signed a permanent contract with the club on a free transfer. Subsequently, he signed with Serie A club Empoli on a free transfer on 28 June 2022. After leaving Empoli as a free agent at the end of the 2022–23 season, he re-joined the club on 29 August 2023.

International Career

Destro made his debut with the Italy national team on 15 August 2012, starting in a friendly match against England. He scored his first international goal in Italy's 2–0 win against Malta in the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying match. Although he was named in the provisional 30-man squad for the 2014 World Cup, he was one of seven players cut from the final squad.

Current Status

As of now, Mattia Destro is plying his trade for Empoli Calcio in Serie A. He continues to embody the nomadic spirit of a goal-hungry predator, showcasing relentless ambition and a constant threat to defenders' peace of mind. It has been reported that he has been offered to Inter to round out their attack for the upcoming season as his contract with Genoa is set to expire at the end of the month.

Mattia Destro's career in Italian football has been a rollercoaster ride, characterized by resilience, unwavering ambition, and a relentless pursuit of goals. From his early rise to prominence to his current tenure at Empoli, he has proven to be a force to be reckoned with on the pitch, embodying the spirit of a true goal-scoring predator.


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