Cult Hero : Benito Carbone

By on November 12, 2010 - 186 views

Name: Benito Carbone

Nationality: Italian

Clubs: Sheffield Wednesday, Aston Villa, Bradford, Derby and Middlesbrough

Position: Forward

The pint-sized Italian arrived in 1996 to play for Sheffield Wednesday for the measly sum of £3m. Along with his Ginola-esque haircut, he brought pace and quick feet to the Owls forward line.

Often criticised for his habit of transferring clubs too frequently, he moved on to Aston Villa, Bradford, Derby and Middlesborough during his time in England

Benito was able to form an all-Italian front line partnership with the equally skilful Paulo Di Canio, which made the Owls, on their day, a match for anyone. His ability helped propel Wednesday to an impressive seventh place and two further mid-table finishes during his three-year stint.

Villa fans will undoubtedly remember him for his stunning 35-yard curling drive against Leeds in the FA Cup. Carbone brought down a long clearance and with the keeper slightly out of position, he bent the ball from an angle into the top corner.

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