Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


‘I can prove Roma wrong at Genoa’

02 April 2015, 17:01

Milan - Former West Ham striker Marco Borriello said he is determined to disprove claims his stuttering career is over after yet another frustrating spell at struggling Serie A giants Roma.

Borriello completed his return Genoa in January after failing to convince Roma coach Rudi Garcia or sporting director Walter Sabatini, in spite of a number of injuries among the club's forwards, of his worth.

Borriello, who failed to impress during a fruitless six-month spell with the Hammers from January to June 2014, has hit out at claims from Roma fans that he is "finished".

He now hopes to show Roma they were wrong to let him go.

"Some people said I'm finished, that I'm ''na pippa' (totally worthless) as they say in the Roma dialect," Borriello told La Gazzetta dello Sport on Thursday.

"Here at Genoa they know me well, the fans appreciate me, the management wanted me here and I want to repay that faith... and above all show that my career is far from over."

Also read: Roma hope to save season with Europa League title

Borriello's troubles at Roma began when Claudio Ranieri resigned in February 2011 and Vincenzo Montella took over as caretaker.

"I'd had a good first year at Roma. I remember a statistic saying that I had a better goals average in my first six months than (Gabriel) Batistuta, (Abel) Balbo, (Rudi) Voller and (Francesco) Totti.

"Then Ranieri left, Montella came in as coach and moved Totti into the centre-forward role, and that's when the decline started."

The following season, Luis Enrique was appointed coach and Borriello moved to Juventus, then Genoa, before returning to Roma in July 2013 and then leaving again, for West Ham, barely six months later.

He returned to the capital club last summer, but by then the front line used by new Roma coach Garcia consisted mainly of Gervinho, Adem Ljajic, Totti and Mattia Destro, who is now at AC Milan. In January, Roma drafted in Juan Iturbe, as well as Seydou Doumbia and Victor Ibarbo.

Borriello added: "When the new management team came to the club it was clear for me: from their first press conference Sabatini labelled me a 'problem'.

"Then they brought in a number of forwards: (Dani) Osvaldo, (Mattia) Destro, (Fabio) Borini and (Seydou) Doumbia, and I, without really being given the chance to show what I could do, was left third or fourth choice."

Borriello is now in his third spell with Gian Piero Gasperini's Genoa side having played at the Ligurian coast club in 2007-2008 and 2012-2013.

Although he has failed to score in four appearances so far, he is on a strict diet of "hard work" and "sacrifice" as he bids to relaunch his career.

"I know what I need to get back on track: to work hard and to get used to sweating again. You need to make sacrifices, and Gasperini's training sessions make you suffer," he said.

"I know one thing for sure: whenever I'm a regular starter I've always scored in the double figures.

"I haven't had the opportunities lately, but the only way you can silence your detractors is by showing what you can do as a player."

Genoa, who sit ninth in Serie A, host Udinese on Saturday.

For the latest on national news, politics, sport, entertainment and more follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page.


Tags roma football

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...