Spartak defender Bocchetti walking to Italy to fulfill championship-winning promise

Spartak defender Bocchetti walking to Italy to fulfill championship-winning promise
Spartak Moscow defender Salvatore Bocchetti is walking to his native Italy to fulfill a promise he made in January if his side won the Russian Premier League (RPL).

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Those are the words of his wife Ekaterina Bocchetti-Maltseva, who posted a pensive picture of herself on Instagram with the words “Finally, our daddy has set off for Italy on foot. We miss him.”

Her 30-year-old husband promised in January after Spartak had played just 17 matches, that should his team win the Russian title, he would walk to Italy.  

✈️✈️наконец-то 🙏🏽 а папа наш пешком до Италии пошёл ☀️скучаем 😪

Публикация от Ekaterina Bocchetti-Maltseva (@katibocchettimaltseva)

“I’m literally ready to do all crazy things. I’m ready to walk to Italy!” Naples-born Bocchetti told Russian sports website Championat.  

Spartak eventually won the championship for the first time in 16 years by ten points, which gave them a spot in next season’s Champions League, prompting Bocchetti to make good on his promise.  

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Ekaterina, with whom the footballer has one child, sent a message to his fans in the comments of the Instagram post, asking them not to worry for her husband.  

“Don’t worry, Salva thought everything through a while ago and will begin a report. He is a man of action, and not of words,” she said.

On his own Instagram account, Bocchetti posted a video titled "the man promised, the man did", and which features him walking down a path through woodland. 

A hooded and back-packed Bocchetti says to the camera, in Russian, "Hi everyone, don't worry, I'm almost home."