Coloccini is something of a cult here in Newcastle, currently enjoying his sixth season at St James’ Park, and his third as club captain.
Having signed from Spanish club Deportivo La Coruna in 2008, the central defender has cemented his position as one of the best players in the Premier League, winning his place in the Premier League Team of the Year 2012, and making over 200 appearances for the Magpies.
His return to form in recent weeks has been vital in Newcastle’s upturn in fortunes, with his 200th appearance coming in the 1-0 victory over Liverpool at the beginning of this month, and his first goal for three years opening the scoring in the 2-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion prior to the international break. Despite a number of years of rumours concerning his future - with an apparent desire to return to his native Argentina - the 32-year-old has remained professional, and he has led his team with excellence as the Magpies registered their fourth straight Premier League victory when clinching the win over West Brom.
Known for his hard work-ethic, and his desire to do all he can for the good of his teammates, the former Boca Juniors and AC Milan man has often been praised since his arrival in England, and Newcastle head coach Alan Pardew has once again taken to the press to compliment the man who was touted to replace him should he be sacked during the Toon’s poor run of form.
Speaking to the Standard, the 53-year-old coach said: “He’s a terrific presence on the pitch, not only a leader of men but he has a great way of leading.
“He never looks ruffled and gives that assurance to the team.
“In a pride of lions, he is the lion sitting on the hill looking over his brood.”
Coloccini is reportedly set to miss Newcastle’s next three games, with an injury suffered in the victory over West Brom ruling him out of action until December.