Domenico Criscito hoping to emulate Cabrini and Grosso

Kieran Beckles
By Kieran Beckles


Domenico Criscito, the youngest member of Italy’s World Cup squad, is ready to follow in the footsteps of previous Italian heroes.

The 23-year-old Genoa left back says he is eager to emulate some of Italy’s great left-sided defenders such as Antonio Cabrini and Fabio Grosso.

“Grosso has always been my point of reference,” Crisicito told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “He is an example to me, off the pitch as well.”

Grosso, who was left out of Italy’s squad this time around, made his mark on the 2006 World Cup with his decisive strike against Germany in the semi-finals.

Cabrini formed part of the legendary World Cup-winning side of 1982 which boasted the talent of the likes of Dino Zoff and Paolo Rossi.

Both left-backs took part in penalty shoot-outs in World Cup finals with contrasting fortunes. Cabrini missed his attempt in 1982 but Grosso, 26 years later, sealed the World Cup trophy for Italy when he converted his side’s final spot kick.


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