The most successful player in the history of the French championship, the Italian midfielder hopes one day to obtain French nationality.
From the height of his 29 years, Marco Verratti has known everything with Paris Saint-Germain. Joys, disappointments, but above all titles. Granted, the Italian has never won the Champions League in his career and is still chasing that dream with the capital club, but on the domestic stage he has stacked the trophies. Six Coupe de France, six Coupe de la Ligue and eight Champions trophies have been won by Marco Verratti.
“One day, I will be French”
But above all, the Italian midfielder has become this season with the conquest of the tenth title of Paris Saint-Germain in its history, and his eighth in a personal capacity, the most successful player in the history of the French championship. A record that he risks improving since he still has several years of contracts in Paris where he flourishes.
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In an interview with Sportweek, the weekend supplement of the Gazzetta dello Sport, Marco Verratti declared his love for Paris and France, and hopes one day to be French: “I came from a small village in Abruzzo like Manoppello (just over 6,000 inhabitants in the province of Pescara, editor’s note) to a capital like Paris, where you are immersed in many cultures, at an age when you forge your character and your personality. Paris is a fantastic city and this country has brought me a lot. This is also why I feel very French, while remaining Italian. One day, I will apply for nationality, since my children were born here too”.
“In the Champions League, we are not missing much”
The Italian midfielder has responded to criticism against him and PSG, particularly following the Champions League elimination against Real Madrid this season: “I know when I play well or badly. But also that I always give the best of myself and therefore feel good about myself. Criticism is part of the job and I accept it, just as I am wary of praise Only work gives certainty“.
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“We’re not missing much, we’ve made a final and a semi-final in three years. We have to keep working and maybe not start from scratch every time. Critics? That’s football Everyone has the power to express themselves. With social media, things move fast. There is a strange air: you win the tenth championship, 28 trophies in ten years, and you take it for granted “But that’s not the case. We all want to do more, but there are also the opponents. But for the Champions League, we will try every year, because we know that is what matters the most. “added Marco Verratti.
The Italian international took the opportunity to defend his compatriot, Gianluigi Donnarumma, at fault against Real Madrid, not blameless against Northern Ireland in the play-offs but hero of the Squadra Azzurra at Euro 2020: “Football is like this: in July they make you king, in March they throw stones at you. Gigio is young but already has a lot of experience. Even at AC Milan he suffered a bit, but he is our present and our future: we are happy to have him at PSG.”.
Finally, he returned to Italy’s new failure to qualify for a World Cup: “It was a disaster. We experienced very mixed emotions. Two months before winning the European Championship, then, between episodes and bad luck, we can no longer win like before. Unfortunately there is no more easy games, if you make mistakes you pay. We lost a game and we were eliminated. But we must not throw everything away, we have great skills, a talented group, who play as a team. We won a championship European Union when everyone thought we were dead. We have to start there. In football as in life, you win and you lose, but you always have to put in the work. We all want to bring Italy back to where she deserves to be at the World Cup”.