The SPL flop who proved Inter Milan wrong this afternoon

Hearts Warm Up

Hearts fans. Remember Mauricio Pinilla? Any idea what he is doing now? Let me enlighten you.

Today has proved to be a wonderful day for Chilean international striker Mauricio Pinilla. And if that name sounds familiar you may just be a keen follower of the Scottish Premier League and will likely remember him as a an ineffective extravagance at Edinburgh club Hearts of Midlothian.

But this weekend the striker found himself in front of the team where his European career first got started; Inter Milan.

He signed for the club aged just 19 after impressing at Universidad in his homeland. That was 2003 but he never made an appearance for the club and in that time since he played for Sporting Lisbon, Racing Santander, returned to Universidad, Apollon Limassol, Vasco Da Gama, Grossetto and Palermo all of which led to this moment; to prove to his former employers they were wrong not to give him a chance as a teenager.

Point proved.

Pinilla came off the bench for his current club Cagliari and grabbed a vital brace for the side who now seem to have ended all relegation fears with a fine 2013.

It may not be the first time he has scored against his former employers but it is certainly the most important times he has found the net against the Nerazzuri.

Hearts signed him after a successful but injury ravaged loan-spell in 2007 when Vladimir Romanov was spending money like he was brushing his teeth.

Things did not improve as a permanent addition at Tynecastle with a broken wrist and serious knee injury restricting him to just two appearances.

However once his travels found him back in Italy with Grossetto his career got back on track. 24 goals in as many games earned him a move to Palermo.

Now he is settled in Sardinia and looking to continue his progress in Italian football. For Hearts fans all that is left to wonder is what might have been were it not for his persistent injury problems.

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