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Luigi “Gigi” Meroni was born in Como on 24th February 1943. He began his football career right in Como, in the field of oratorio di San Bartolomeo in the Club Libertas. He grew up in Como’s youth team together with his beloved brother Celestino. When he was only 19-years old, in the summer of ’62, he went to play with Genoa after two great seasons with Como. With Genoa he started to reveal his extrovert and counter-current character, completely shown after his transfer to Turin football team in 1964. With the players coached by the famous Nereo Rocco, he is really appreciated for his play, his dribblings and goals. Gigi was not just a football player; he was much, much more. He drew the jersey he played with,he walked in Como carrying a chicken on a leash, he pretended to be a journalist and asked people what the thought about Meroni. He listened to Beatles and jazz music, he painted pictures, he read books and wrote poetry. He lived in the “Piazza Vittorio attic” with Cristiana, the “beaty among beauties” of fun-fair, of which he madly felt in love. He died tragically on October 15th, 1967, a Sunday in which his “Toro” won for 4 to 2 on Sampdoria.