Argentine striker Giovanni Simeone, son of Diego and Cagliari player, develops a certain passion for the Champions League. And this for a long time.
Next to his father Diego, Giovanni Simeone (25) appears more like a calm, poised boy, the type to find his way without making noise. This does not prevent him from being a ball enthusiast, a real one. And for a long time. The proof? His “Champions League” tattoo on the inside of his left forearm. A tattoo that the Cagliari striker got himself done … when he was just emerging from childhood.
“I was 13 when I got my first tattoo,” the player said in an interview with the Guardian. “You’re supposed to be 18 for that, but I was such a fan of the Champions League that I got the logo at 13. My dad didn’t want me to do that. And my mom asked me, ‘Why?’ I said, ‘Because the day I play there and score my first goal there, then I can kiss it.’ I was 13 and in my head it was: ‘Europe, Europe, Europe’.
“As a child, my father was my idol”
Twelve years later, the ex-player of Genoa and Fiorentina has still not had the opportunity to play in the C1. But he still believes in his dream, which would allow him to walk a little more in the footsteps of “Cholo”.
“My father never told me not to become a footballer, he slips about him. He gave me my freedom. As a child, he was my idol: every son wants to be like his father. love football. So you sacrifice a lot of things, but if you have the passion, you go all the way. “
As for the comparisons, with the nickname “Cholito”, which he does not particularly like, the Argentina international ended up not looking too much at them. Especially since he is not the only one to have suffered from it. “It weighed on me at first. But it’s also difficult for fathers,” he says. “There is a certain tension: they can have this fear that their sons will never equal them.”