The man of the moment in Italian soccer cannot be any other than Domenico Berardi. As a matter of fact, thanks to his memorable performance of last night in which he helped his team achieve three crucial points in the fight against relegation, the Sassuolo‘s starlet became the very first player in history in ever scoring four goals to AC Milan in just one game.
Futhermore, in the match that finally cost the job of Massimiliano Allegri from the Lombardian side, Berardi also became the second player in history capable of scoring four goals in just one game at the age of 19. Prior to this day, as appropriately reported by Gazzetta dello Sport, only the legendary Silvio Piola in the 1930’s had been able to achieve such a magnificent accomplishment in Serie A.
With these four goals, the player has closed the first leg of his first Serie A season with 11 successful shots into target, just as many as Juventus‘ star Carlos Tevez and even one more than Inter‘s idol Rodrigo Palacio. Furthermore, despite the fact that top-scorer table is led by Fiorentina‘s Giuseppe Rossi at 13 goals, Berardi is the one who instead has the league’s most efficient scoring-rate, with one goal scored every 95 minutes and a half.
For all these reasons, the young starlet seems to have already reached a glorious consecration among the public opinion across the entire country. Certainly, as normal as it is, it would be almost impossible to hide the magnitude of such numbers, especially considering that, behind this exaltation around the player, fans also hide a surreal sense of hope for him to become the future world’s best player.
However, as history consistently repeats itself, supporters and journalists should already know that, over the years, young starlets sometimes end up decreasing their level and not living according to media’s expectations, especially due to the intense pressure they have to live with from the beginning of their careers.
Italian soccer, just like in any other nation, is full of this kind of cases. The last one, for example, involved another great forward, who, mostly due to many physical problems, significantly harmed his international reputation in only a few months. It is the case of Milan’s Stephan El Shaarawy, whose current form is light years away from the one he had one year ago.
As a consequence of this, the hope is for Berardi to be able to effectively handle media pressure at all times, as well as to maintain a great deal of humbleness after each good performance. Only by doing this and by realizing that there is still a long way to go is the 19 year old up for a marvelous future to conquer the world.