Flavio Roma alone represents all Italian footballers who have passed through the French championship. Trained at Lazio (it can’t be invented), the Transalpine has indeed entered the history of AS Monaco, through its longevity but also, and above all, the successes offered to the red and white.
Before shining on the Principality, the goalkeeper had to be patient. Having scoured the lower divisions in Italy, Roma was indeed definitively sold by Lazio to Plaisance, in 1999, in exchange for a certain Simone Inzaghi (a doorman against a striker therefore). The revelation for doorwho finally tastes Serie A. Something to catch the eye of Didier Deschamps, just inducted on the ASM bench: “In 2001, Didier Deschamps contacted me to sign me for AS Monaco, detailed the interested party to beIN SPORTS. He had just been a Champions League finalist with Valencia, and had taken the reins of Monaco in stride. Me, I was not particularly keen, because at the time, few Italian players went abroad. In addition, I had given my agreement to Fiorentina. Finally, I accept an appointment with Deschamps. As soon as I arrived in his office, he started talking to me in Italian and telling me about my entire career. That’s what made the difference, and that finally convinced me. » The choice of a life for Roma who, without knowing it, was beginning the most beautiful chapter of his career.
The beginnings are however difficult, the fault with recurring physical glitches and with a loyal but serious competition, with Tony Sylva. It was finally necessary to wait for the 2002-2003 season, so that Roma did not freeze the hierarchy. Until 2009, 203 Ligue 1 matches will follow (247 in total), each more emblematic than the next. Major architect of the victory in the Coupe de la Ligue in 2003, then of the European epic in 2004, becoming international with the Nazionale (three selections), Flavio Roma will undoubtedly remain the emblematic goalkeeper of Monaco of this century. : “Honestly, I think this 2003 generation is hard to beat. We were the strongest! » he summarized soberly on the club’s official website. Who can claim otherwise?
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