Napoli's talent .. "Kvaradona", the new hero in a crazy city of football, and the nickname "Messi Georgia"

Napoli’s talent .. “Kvaradona”, the new hero in a crazy city of football, and the nickname “Messi Georgia”

“I was very sad when I heard the news that Kvaratskhelia did not stay at the club, I have been watching him since he was 15 and he still manages to surprise me every time.” Yuri Semin, coach of Lokomotiv Moscow

Khvicha Kvaratskhelia who has all the technical attributes to reach the top of the game, to prove that the talent of a football player can come from anywhere, Kvaratskhelia composes another chapter of fairy tales within the beautiful game, similar in his way and control of the ball to the players of alleys and streets.

The story of Kvaratskhelia is one that does not fit with the normal course we are used to in European football, scouts often roam the stadiums of South America in search of the best players, or hunt African players to discover the best players.

“Filgoal.com” reviews the story of Georgian Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, who starred strongly with Napoli at the beginning of the current season.

He is the son of Badri Kvaratskhelia, the same Georgian who represented the Azerbaijan national team, and his son Khvicha Kvaratskhelia is seen as a great talent, and many soon realize that the player whose name means “burning coal” will become a star in the future.

Kvaratskhelia first appeared in 2017 with Dinamo Tbilisi and then Rustavi club in Georgia, and then the British newspaper The Guardian ranked him among the 60 best young players around the world, to put Bayern Munich eye on the young player.

On February 15, 2019, he joined Lokomotiv Moscow in the Russian League on loan for 6 months, and the club failed to buy the player’s contract.

“I was very disappointed that he is very talented, I was saddened to hear the news that Kvaratskhelia did not stay at the club, I have been watching him since he was 15 years old, and he still manages to surprise me every time,” coach Yuri Semin said.

The player’s father confirmed that Yuri Syomin, the coach of Lokomotiv at the time, cried real tears, even though the player participated in only 10 matches during the loan period.

Yesterday’s friend is today’s competitor

On July 6, 2019, Kvaratskhelia signed a 5-year contract with Rubin Kazan, and played his first match at the age of only 18 against Lokomotiv Moscow, his former club, where he entered as a substitute in the second half and scored the equalizing goal in a match that ended with a goal for each team, and Khvisha was chosen as the best player in the The match was made by Robin’s fans on the club’s official website.

The player starred during the 2019-2020 season and the player’s value increased 5 times, and he won the award for the best player of the month (4 times) in the 2020-2021 season, then the French newspaper L’Equipe chose him among the best talents born in the twenty-first century.

On March 7, 2022, FIFA announced that due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, foreign players in Russia could unilaterally terminate their contracts until June 30, 2022 and allow them to sign with clubs outside Russia, for Kvaratskhelia to leave his club to join Georgian Dinamo Batumi.

He participated in 11 matches in the Georgian League, scored 8 goals and provided assists, and was chosen as the best player in the second round of the Georgian League.

Messi Georgia

He was nicknamed ‘The Georgian Messi’ in his native Georgia, but he grew up loving Cristiano Ronaldo, the other great striker, and wore the No. 77 shirt at Napoli for him, as No. 7 was taken by another brilliant young talent from Eastern Europe, Elif Elmas of North Macedonia.

Georgia has produced quite a few standout players over the years, for example former AC Milan star Kakhaber Kaladze, and Shota Arveladze winning titles with Ajax and Scottish Rangers.

Georgia’s production line stopped in the past decade, with Kvaratskhelia, who scored 8 goals in 17 international matches for his country, and was named Georgia’s footballer of the year for two consecutive years, a feat that Giorgi Kinkladze – one of the best players in Georgia’s history – could not achieve.

Napolita

In July 2022, Kvaratskhelia signed a deal that lasts until 2027 from Dinamo Batumi for an estimated value of 10-12 million euros, and he made his debut unofficially with the club in a friendly match against Exelenza, scoring two goals and providing a assist.

And he managed to score again and provide a decisive pass after a big 5-2 victory over Hellas Verona in the first round, and scored two goals in the next round against Monza, to say the match commentator, “Is there anything this boy can’t do?”.

Kvaratskhelia became the first player in the history of Napoli to score three goals in his first two matches in Calcio.

“I invited him to my house for a cup of tea on the afternoon of the day he signed the contract,” recalls Napoli coach Spalletti when he first met Hevicha.

“He is able to control any ball, he has a very shy way of doing things, he never wants to be the center of attention, but when he plays football he is very confident.”

“He has this way of dealing with opponents and knows where the goal is, and he can shoot with his right and left foot, but he warned that he might be subjected to great pressure.”

Spalletti noted earlier this season that his player “is still slack but the early talent seems completely unrestricted now”.

Spalletti, who played a big role in the development of Liverpool star Mohamed Salah when he was coach of Roma, seemed cautious when discussing Kvaratskelli’s brilliant start, saying, “He still puts a lot of pressure on him, once he frees himself from that pressure, he will show people what a great player he is.” .

“Watch out for Kvaratskellia, he’s unpredictable, he’s talented, he looks like he’s made to play in Europe,” Italy legend Alessandro Del Piero warned Liverpool ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League game, and indeed set up a goal for Giovanni Simeone in a 4-1 wide win.

Kvaratskhelia has been linked to a handful of top clubs in recent years, including Manchester United, Man City, Arsenal, Tottenham, AC Milan, Juventus and many more.

He would have been close to moving to Juventus had it not been for the departure of Fabio Paratici as Juventus sporting director for Tottenham.

“We had an initial agreement with Juventus when Barracci was there, and Milan also asked for information, but Napoli moved faster than everyone else,” Mamuka Yugili, the player’s agent, revealed in comments reported by La Gazzetta dello Sport.

The best ever

“His Italian career started in the way that no one really expected,” Georgian writer Luca Lagvilava told BBC Sport.

“Even during pre-season, he seemed quite accustomed to the system, which was very surprising for a player who signed just weeks ago.”

“It’s clear that the opening two Serie A matches were fun for him, and they give a lot of hope about the player’s future success.”

“For people who follow talented youngsters in football, he has been a known name but no one expected such a big advancement.”

“For the Georgia fans here, he has been the main talking point regarding the future of our national team for the past two and a half years. His numbers with the national team are fantastic relative to the games, and if he continues to do so he could potentially become the all-time top scorer.”

“He has all the tools and the right environment to become the greatest Georgian player to ever play this game.”

As Kirsten Schlowitz, author of “More Than Maradona” says in a podcast about the player, “It was a great find, we didn’t expect it to be a big surprise to us and that’s the best kind of surprise.”

“He likes to dribble with his head down which can be a little annoying, but you can definitely see the fun in him, the joy in what he’s doing.”

And she continued, “It is all about intelligence in the footballer and reading the matches, although he may not have everything right yet, he is very young and has time to grow and Spaletti has a specific system that he wants to keep in place, he will continue to learn and increase his capabilities. With time”.

With club legends Lorenzo Insigne, Kalidou Koulibaly and Dries Mertens departing, Kvaratschilia is now part of the rebuilding of Napoli.

And he signed with the team with South Korean defender Min Jae Kim, Andre Frank Zambo Anguisa and Tanguy Ndombele, midfielders, and Giovanni Simeone and Giacomo Raspadori in the lead.

Napoli have dramatically switched from “Sarri-Ball” in the recent past to a new team with Luciano Spalletti.

“It was more about feeling sorry for the players that Napoli lost recently rather than being excited, we lost really well-known players who have been with us since the days of Maurizio Sarri,” she explained.

“I was skeptical when Spalletti joined the club because I thought he was very old school in world football, but the idea of ​​bringing this new, young and fun group together is fantastic.”

Kvaradona

The Georgian Maradona, or Kvaradona as he is known in Naples, had a great start to his career at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium.

“Obviously I love the title, I can’t get close to Maradona, but I will do my best to become a great player for this club,” Kvaratskhelia said.

The whole of Italy – not just the Napoli fans – is now heading towards Kvaratchilia, they call him “Kvaradona” in Naples and we must understand that this is a great praise in the city of Diego Maradona, he is the king of the city, where his name and his drawings are on the walls and the streets and everywhere.

Kvaratskhelia paid special tribute to Maradona by choosing “Opus-Live is Life” as the opening song for Napoli, where it will forever be associated with the most famous warm-up in football history, at the San Paolo Stadium before the UEFA Cup semi-final against Bayern Munich in 1989.

Did the “Napolitans” find themselves a new hero in a football-mad city?

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