Loads of Sunderland fans have been responding to a clip of Fabio Borini, after the former Black Cats star turned 29 on Sunday.
You won’t find many players more popular on Wearside over the last few years than Borini. Whether it be Lee Camp or Papy Djilobodji, the club have had their fair share of flops and controversies in recent campaigns, but Borini’s short stint in red and white etched his name into cult hero status.
Indeed, the Verona forward checked all the boxes for fan favouritism, scoring against Newcastle three times, bagging goals against Chelsea and Manchester United on route to a cup final, and most importantly scoring a memorable goal in that cup final, which fans have been reflecting on over the weekend, hailing the strike against Manchester City as “absolutely unbelievable” and “beautiful”.
Never forget that moment, absolutely unbelievable
— Jamie Davison (@jamie_davison1) March 29, 2020
What a goal that was. Technically beautiful.
— Julie (@juliesund) March 29, 2020
When that goal went in like….absolute scenes! 🔴⚪️🔴⚪️
— Nicola Alderson (@NicAld) March 29, 2020
If you’re wondering how he’s been getting on since leaving the Stadium of Light, he bagged just eight goals in 75 appearances for Milan before joining Verona in January, but was ranked as Europe’s best player in the final 15 minutes of matches back in March, via Whoscored.
The Italian has quickly become one of the most versatile players in world football, having now played in as many as ten different positions, per Transfermarkt, including left-back and central midfield.
While his career has moved on though, some fans are still hurting from that 3-1 defeat to Manchester City.
Life peaked when that goal went in
— Dane (@DaneCooper88) March 29, 2020
Still not over that defeat
— Jordan Marrs (@marrs_jordan) March 29, 2020
Others simply commented on Borini’s time at the club in general, with one supporter “mind blown” by the fact the forward is only 29.
— lynsey dixon (@lynseydixon2) March 29, 2020
This is perhaps due to the sheer amount that has happened to the club since the Serie A man left, with consecutive relegations, multiple managers and an ownership battle enough to form a Netflix series out of.
Another fan commented on the memorable goals he scored for the club, and they are absolutely correct. Borini struck four times against Chelsea, three against Newcastle and two against each of the big Manchester sides, per Transfermarkt.
Like him or not he scored some massive and memorable goals for us
— craig (@craigalex2017) March 29, 2020