Antonio Di Natale celebrates his 40th birthday today. Born in Naples on 13th October 1977, ‘Totò’ spent his youth at the Empoli academy, where he also made his Serie A debut. Di Natale then moved to Udinese in 2004 where he remained until his retirement. He became one of the most prolific Serie A scorers in Friuli, ending up as the league’s top scorer twice (2009/2010 and 2010/2011).
Di Natale made his debut for the National Team on 20th November 2002 under then coach Trapattoni, aged 25. His first goal for the Azzurri came two years later, during a friendly against Czech Republic held in Palermo. Head coach Marcello Lippi rewarded him with the captain’s armband against Sweden on 18th November 2009, as he made his 30th appearance with the team. Di Natale spent ten years playing for Italy, taking part in the 2008 and 2012 European Championships and the 2010 World Cup. Overall, he won 42 caps and scored eleven goals.