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Lorenzo Insigne: Napoli’s home-grown hero

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Lorenzo Insigne is the very definition of a home-grown star. Born in Frattamaggiore, a commune within Naples, Insigne forged his football career from within the Napoli youth system.

After productive loan spells with Pascara, Foggia Calcio and Usd Cavese, Insigne was given his first start for his home club in the 2012/13 season.

The man from Naples received a surprise call up to the national team in September 2012 as a result of his progress. According to Goal.com, the then 21-year-old winger received a phone call from his childhood hero, Alessandro Del Piero, to congratulate him on his upcoming career and inform him he’d be sending a signed shirt.

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During his first two years in Napoli’s first team, the Neopolitan featured in 94 games, scoring on 14 occasions and assisting 20 goals.

But he suffered a serious injury in the middle of his third term. A cruciate ligament rupture forced him onto the sidelines for 27 games. The Italian managed a goal and an assist in his four starts post-injury and finished the season with two goals and six assists.

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BREAKTHROUGH

Insigne has come into his own this season. He’s forged a solid forward partnership with Gonzalo Higuain and three of his five assists have teed up the Argentine’s goals this season.

The 5 ft. 3 whippet has dramatically improved on the goalscoring front this campaign too. His best performance, coming in a 4-0 demolition of AC Milan, saw Insigne score twice and assist another, one of which a superb free-kick (shown below).

Napoli are currently second in Serie A and just two points behind leaders Inter Milan, but Insigne and his team-mates have scored eight more than their rivals.

And given that Maurizio Sarri's side have defeated Juventus and Fiorentina, both of whom contenders for the title, they look set to make a strong push for league success this season.

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