Napoli striker Giovanni Simeone has revealed that he had dreamt about scoring in the Champions League as a child.
The Partenopei ran riot against Liverpool and went into the first-half with a 3-0 lead. They scored the fourth in the beginning of the second half and then conceded one. But Simeone had come in for Victor Osimhen in the first half and it was his first Champions League appearance, which yielded the first goal in the Champions League for the Argentine.
After the game, Simeone spoke to Amazon Prime Video (via TMW) and he revealed the reason behind his celebration and the tattoo on his arm.
He stated: “I was 14 years old, my dream was always to play the Champions League, from the very beginning. Twelve years later I’m here. I got this tattoo because I had the dream of getting this far, scoring a goal and kissing this ball. It was exciting. Every time I saw this tattoo as a child I dreamed this moment. I’m excited, I did a lot to get here and now I’m here.”
Simeone also revealed that he spoke to his father Diego Simeone before the game and it isn’t a new practice either way.
The Argentine stated: “Normally before the game we call each other. He told me that if I had entered I could have done a lot, and so it was. We always talk before the game. Today, we did it like all the other times. And we always will.”
Simeone had joined Napoli late in the summer transfer window from Verona, who had earlier signed him permanently from Cagliari. The Argentine had impressed a fair bit for the Gialloblu last season and he has put the marker down on his goalscoring tally at the Maradona now.