The response of fans and players alike to substitute Simone Padoin’s excellently taken late goal against Palermo in Sunday’s 4-0 victory at Juventus Stadium should tell you the majority of what you need to know about the Bianconeri’s number 20.
The rest the down to earth, hard-working and disarmingly humble Simone will fill in himself. “It was a wonderful feeling and I was really struck by the fantastic reaction of my team-mates and the noise made by the home fans,” the midfielder began in today’s media meeting with the Sky cameras.
“It’s great to be held in such high regard and to get that level of affection from the people around you. The fact that the supporters cheer my name and respect me for what I give to the team makes it all worthwhile.”
With that in mind, it was fitting that Padoin - one of eight ever-presents in the Juventus squad - should score in front of the fans that hold him so dear in one of the final home games of the season, a perfect reward for the midfielder’s unrelenting enthusiasm and commitment to the cause.
“I always look to do my bit for the team whether that means playing at full-back, centre midfield or on the wing. You have to be smart to realise that as a member of the squad, it is your duty to do as much as you can for the guys around you.
"It gives me a real boost knowing that my versatility and contributions where possible have been appreciated by our two coaches in this run.”