Italy number 10 and idol Naples, Lorenzo Insigne, 30, will leave the Italian team after a decade. The forward was announced by Toronto FC and, in July, will become the highest-paid player in Major League Soccer (MLS) history. He signed a four-year pre-agreement with the Canadian team that runs from the end of the current European season in July.
Insigne is in the final months of his contract with Naples and will be transferred free of charge to Toronto FC. However, according to the Italian press, the Canadian team will pay Italy €11.5 million (R$73.3 million) per season, in addition to a €4.5 million bonus linked to goals. This is the biggest contract in MLS history.
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Euro champion Insigne repeats compatriot Giovinco, who in 2015 left Juventus and went to the same Toronto FC, where he stayed for three and a half years and won MLS. At 34 years old and currently without a club, Giovinco comments on the striker’s transfer from Naples in an interview with the newspaper “Corriere dello Sport”. And it’s sincere.
– Personally, I feel comfortable on a human level and find a city where life is easy. On a professional level, you should know that you will disappear from the radar. Loss of choice, loss of visibility. If you’re willing to give up these things, it’s an experience that I recommend to everyone,” said Giovinco.
Insigne added 416 games in Naples, in which he scored 114 goals, one goal less than his idol Diego Armando Maradona, so far. He won the Coppa Italia twice and started for the Azzurri di European Cup title.
Insigne will leave Napoli for Toronto FC in July and become the highest-paid player in MLS history.
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