Ex-Lazio Midfielder Hernanes Explains ‘The Saddest Backflip of His Career’

Former Lazio midfielder Hernanes revealed why he did his famous backflip celebration against the club following his move to Inter.

The Brazilian famously called the celebration “the saddest backflip of my career” when speaking to Sky Sports Italia in May 2015, and now he has explained why he chose to celebrate in such a fashion after scoring for Inter against Lazio.

Speaking in an interview with Gianluca Di Marzio earlier today, Hernanes first discussed his favourites cities in Italy – Rome, Milan and Turin.

I love all three cities. Rome is magical, my favourite film is Gladiator… but it’s too big. Milan is international, that’s why I like it.

He then touched on his favourite memories with each of the Serie A teams that he played for, including Lazio.

I will never forget winning the Coppa Italia with Lazio in 2013, scoring against Napoli in an Inter shirt and making my Champions League debut with Juve against Manchester City.

Hernanes then explained why he chose to do his famous backflip celebration following his brace against Lazio in 2015 following the move to Inter.

It wasn’t a gesture against the fans. I was angry with president Lotito. I’d like to clarify things with him, I haven’t seen him since that day. When I return to Rome I’d like to go to Formello.

Finally, Hernanes gave his thoughts on this current Serie A season.

Juve made a great signing with Vlahovic. But we have to give him time. It will take a month for him to get used to the team and the new environment. It’s not just a question of talent, you have to be there at the right time.

I’m convinced that it’s always the right time for a player to arrive at Juve, but taking them to a higher level is another matter. I think Inter are the favourites. They play well and know how to win, this means a lot.

Hernanes made 156 appearances for Lazio during his time in Rome, scoring 41 goals and providing 22 assists in that time.

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