Dries Mertens is no longer a Napoli player. The 35-year-old Belgian striker waited until the end of the contract and thus left the club from the south of Italy, where nine years ago he arrived from PSV Eindhoven for ten million euros. During that period, he returned the investment many times over.
In 397 appearances, he scored 148 goals, surpassing club legends Marek Hamsik and Diego Armando Maradona. He had the most effective season in 2016/2017. when under the leadership of Maurizio Sarri he scored 34 goals. In addition to the great goals in Naples, he also won three trophies, including two Cups and one Supercup.
Over the past decade, Mertens has become a firm favorite among the fanatical fans beneath Vesuvius, as is often the case with players who stand out for their excellent performances in a Napoli shirt. Fans have given him the nickname Ciro, as it is one of the most characteristic names for that climate, and Mertens and his wife recently gave this name to their son.