And he is now dating Roma's Mancini. Here:
Mancini’s lucky Valentine
Tuesday 14 February, 2006Amantino Mancini has put his sensational return to form down to his new girlfriend, according to reports in Italy.
Mancini has chosen Valentine’s Day to go public about the new love of his life, by the name of Roberta [great disguise[, with whom he happily strolled in a park in Rome yesterday.
“Roby is the best goal I have scored,” he told Italian daily, Il Messaggero. “She has always been there for me, in good times and the bad times in my life.
“In the last six months she has come with me to Brazil and that is where our families got to know each other,” he added.
Mancini suffered a loss of form, the loss of his first-team place and the loss of his father this season.
He then fell out with the club after demanding a new contract when Juventus began to show an interest in signing the Brazilian.
This year, though, Mancini has been reborn, scoring seven goals in what has been a magical four weeks for him.
“When I score I firstly hold my arm to the sky to thank God and then I kiss the bracelet with our initials on, that Roberta gave me,” he continued.
Roma will be hoping that Mancini’s love-life remains healthy as his return to form has helped the Giallorossi set a club record of nine consecutive Serie A wins.
Luciano Spalletti’s men travel to play Club Bruges tomorrow in the first leg of the UEFA Cup Round of 32.