In the week of the 45th anniversary of the tragic death of a Toro legend, Gareth Owens (@LosSensitivos) pays tribute.
There are unusual footballers, and there’s Gigi Meroni: mythical winger, painter, enigma and poultry-botherer.
With his ‘revolutionary’ mop of hair and beards, the Granata Butterfly was revered by the Torino faithful for his speed, skills, a legendary goal against Inter, and Devil-may-care off-field antics: you have to love a man who fails to convince a chicken to don a bathing costume in the middle of deeply-conservative Como.
His life cut tragically short in a road accident with an accompanying tale as unconventional as Gigi himself, calcio will probably, and sadly, never see his like again.
Gentlemen, raise your glasses…