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Joe Cole makes interesting claim about that memorable Di Canio goal against Wimbledon

TV pundit Joe Cole looks on during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Liverpool FC at Molineux on January 23, 2020 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom.

It has been 20 years to the day since Paolo Di Canio scored that volley for West Ham United.

26 Mar 2000:  Paolo Di Canio of West Ham United scores the first goal during the FA Carling Premiership match against Wimbledon at Upton Park in London.  West Ham United won the match 2-1....

It is 20 years to the day since Paolo Di Canio wowed English football by scoring an incredible volley for West Ham, which is still remembered today.

Joe Cole, who was a young teenager on the bench for West Ham at that time, has interestingly shared that it wasn't the first time that Di Canio had scored that goal. 

The former Hammers academy graduate shared that Di Canio had scored that goal 'three or four times' in training and he has never seen a player master such a technique during his years watching the game. 


Speaking to The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show on talkSPORT (26/03/20 at 8:45 am), this is what Cole had to say in full about that goal from 20 years ago. 

"It's definitely up there [as one of the Premier League's greatest ever goals]," Cole told talkSPORT. "It was against, Wimbledon, wasn't it?! 

"Obviously, 20 years ago then I would have been 18, at the time. So, in and out of the team and breaking in. The funny thing is that goal and that technique. He is the only player I have ever seen to master that. He scored that goal in training three or four times. 

"The ball used to come over and he used to take flight and connect on the full on the outside of his boot. I have never seen any other player who has got that in their locker." 

11 Mar 2000:  Paolo Di Canio of West Ham United during the FA Carling Premiership match against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough in Sheffield, England. Wednesday won 3-1. \ Mandatory...

West Ham fans would bite your arm off to have a player like Di Canio gracing their turf today because of his quite ridiculous and sublime talents. 

Di Canio may have been a handful to manage, but one thing he did do was deliver on the field of play, and his maverick and unpredictable ways is exactly what's missing, not just for the Hammers, but in today's game.

Those were the days without social media, but if there was Twitter and such like in those days, then his crazy antics, both on and off the field, would have seemed even crazier. 

23Feb 2001:  Paolo di Canio

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