Genoa Star Daniele Portanova Gets Unusual Tattoo Showing All His Football Teams

Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterMarch 20, 2014

GENOA, ITALY - MARCH 02: Daniele Portanova of Genoa CFC in action during the Serie A match between Genoa CFC and Calcio Catania at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on March 2, 2014 in Genoa, Italy.  (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)
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Getting a tattoo as a record of an important moment in your life is not unusual, but representing every club you've ever played for in the way Genoa's captain Daniele Portanova has chosen to do definitely is.

The Italian defender, now 35, rejoined Genoa for the second time in his career last year, and he has celebrated by revealing a tattoo that shows his long journey through football.

What it doesn't explain, however, is the choice of childlike stick figures, and even a queen in a little crown, to represent that journey:


— danieleportanova78 (@portanova78) March 17, 2014

"Eccola" broadly translates to "Look!" or "Here it is!" and it's certainly quite something. Eurosport shed a little more light on its significance:

The tattoo represents the teams he has represented, in this order: Fermana, Messina, Napoli, Bologna, Genoa, Siena.

What is not entirely clear is why one of the caricatures is of a woman with a crown on her head or why one of the men is wearing a cap while playing football—but hey, a touch of creative license is surely to be allowed.

Genoa are currently midtable in Serie A as the season heads into its final months.

[H/T Eurosport]