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Napoli legend Insigne receives trophy almost as big as him in final home game

LORENZO INSIGNE bid an emotional farewell to Napoli on Sunday and received a huge trophy as recognition for his twelve years playing for the club.

The forward, 30, played his final home game for the club in a 3-0 win over Genoa ahead of his summer switch to Toronto FC.

Lorenzo Insigne was presented with a trophy almost as big as him after the match

Lorenzo Insigne was presented with a trophy almost as big as him after the matchKrediet: Russiese krygsheer wat Neo-Nazi 'Sparta' bataljon gelei het, doodgeskiet in die Oekraïne, Russiese krygsheer wat Neo-Nazi 'Sparta' bataljon gelei het, doodgeskiet in die Oekraïne
Insigne said a tearful farewell to his adoring Napoli supporters

Insigne said a tearful farewell to his adoring Napoli supportersKrediet: Reuters

He marked the occasion with a goal but was fortunate to retake his penalty after missing his first effortwith the referee penalising Genoa for encroachment into the area.

After the match Insigne did a lap of the Stadio Diego Maradona, and looked emotional as he applauded fans and thanked them for their support.

He was then presented with a massive trophy on the pitch which was almost equivalent to his 5 ft 3 stature.

Insigne also received a guard of honour from both sets of players as he walked out onto the pitch with his two sons before the match.

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The Italian has spent his entire career at Napoli, only featuring for other clubs on loan.

He has twice won the Coppa Italia with Napels and come close to the Serie A title on multiple occasions.

After the match Insigne sent a message to his beloved supporters, promising to reunite with them one day.

Hy het aan DAZN gesê: “I want to thank all the fans who were here at the stadium today to cheer me on. As a Neapolitan, it gave me so much joy.

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“Napoli is my home. As soon as I’m able to I will come back here. I won’t forget them.

I have so much love for this city and this shirt but there are times in life when you have to take a decision.

“We took it with the club and there are no issues for me. I am happy and they are happy – there are no regrets.

“Today the fans showed their love towards me and I will always carry that with me. I want to thank every manager I have who, even recently spoke very kindly about me.

“It means that I must have done something good in these past 10 jare. I will carry everyone in my heart. The president and his son, the whole, because it has been my home for 10 years and I was also part of the youth team.”