Ask members of Inter Milan's Curva Nord ultras to name their most despised figure and the majority will say one of their own players.
Mauro Icardi has infuriated sections of the Curva Nord ultras after suggesting he had become a “hero” by standing up to one of the group’s leaders.
The 23-year-old will remain Inter’s captain but his relationship with the fans may well be beyond repair.
Article continues below
“Icardi is not our captain, not now or ever,” a statement on the Curva Nord’s website read.
These are the same fans who reportedly left a banner close to Icardi’s home that read: “We're here. When your Argentine friends arrive, will you warn us or do it like a coward?"
Article continues below
Icardi will release an updated edition of his autobiography that doesn’t include any reference to the time he confronted fans after a defeat to Sassuolo in February 2015.
And though Inter fans believe his time at the San Siro is finished, his wife, Wanda Nara, is adamant that he will stay.
“Get that out of your head,” Nara, who is also Icardi’s agent, told Corriere della Serra, per Goal.
“He will not go away from Inter, will stay 100 per cent. He is - and will stay - the captain, which has not been in doubt.
"He had opportunities to leave last summer but chose to stay because of the relationship he has with the fans and because he is attached to Inter. He does not want to have to start all over again.
"The newspapers spoke of an exaggerated fine, but it is not so. The fine is a small percentage of his gross monthly salary, as the rules say, and Mauro asked for it go to charity."
Nara believes her husband has handled the situation impressively well.
She also praised those supporters who have applauded Icardi after he missed a penalty against Cagliari.
“Mauro didn't want to offend anyone, but when certain things are written they have a different effect - it misrepresents the tone.
"For this reason, he decided to take it off in the reprint. The book is almost sold out, in the new version those words will not be there. This suggests that Mauro is a decent person.
"As soon as he heard someone was offended he wrote an apology and then got into his car to go to San Siro."
Million messages of solidarity
Nara continued: "Mauro is a very cool person, he does not feel the pressure. He's focused on the job and does not care about the outside. But it was absurd - a similar situation you can expect away, not at home. He fails to convert few scoring changes, but against Cagliari he did miss a penalty.
"I almost cried, not for the mistake but for stadium reaction. I've never seen San Siro clap a player who missed a penalty. That applause explains that people love Icardi. If three-quarters of the crowd applauded him it is because he is an idol for the people.
"On Facebook there have been a million messages of solidarity. People wrote immediately to make him feel their affection. He is an idol for many children, an example as a player, man and father."