Genoa forward Goran Pandev has finally become an Italian citizen, 18 years since first arriving in the country.
Pandev joined Inter back in the summer of 2001 at the age of just 18 and has gone on to spend the majority of his professional career in Italy with the likes of Lazio, Napoli and Genoa, as well as the Nerazzurri.
“I’m delighted, after almost 18 years in Italy I’ve felt Italian for a long time,” the 35-year-old told the club’s official Twitter account.
“Thank you everyone. For me it’s a beautiful moment.”
The decision sees the Grifone gain a non-EU spot in their squad, while Pandev has scored 31 goals in 91 caps for his native North Macedonia.
“Sono felicissimo, dopo quasi 18 anni in Italia mi sentivo da tempo italiano. Ringrazio tutti, per me è un bellissimo momento”.
— Genoa CFC (@GenoaCFC) February 25, 2019