Lazio defender Luciano Zauri is at the centre of a bizarre news story after Italian media reported the former Italy international rescued the granddaughter of Polish FA president Zbigniew Boniek from the well of a restaurant in Rome.

According to La Repubblica, the seven-year-old girl tumbled down the four-metre deep well on Sunday after a beam, apparently there to prevent any accidents, gave way.

Zauri, who was also in the restaurant near Ponte Milvio, is then reported to have been lowered into the well using a rope, before bringing the girl up to safety. The youngster escaped with just minor bruising, while Zauri emerged a hero.

The girl's parents are former Italian tennis player Vincenzo Santopadre and Karolina Boniek, daughter of Polish great Zbigniew Boniek, who played 150 games in Italy for Juventus and Roma.

Zauri, 34, right-back has made nearly 150 appearances since joining the Rome giants from Atalanta a decade ago, and earned six caps for Italy - the last of which came in 2006.

He has also spent loan spells with Fiorentina and Sampdoria.

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