His parents Cosimino and Ada brought him and his brothers Gianluca and Daniele up with very strict rules. As was usual at that time, Antonio spent his free time playing in the street and was quick to learn who he should be friends with and who to avoid. Even if, at times, a fisticuffs was inevitable.
The street is our football pitch, but also our tennis court… It’s everything! Every now and again, just to do something different we draw a white chalk line on the tarmac, I pretend to be Borg, the other boy plays McEnroe, even if we hardly know how to hold our racquets.
It was Juventina Lecce, the amateur team trained and led by his father, that gave Antonio his love of football. Only a few years later, together with Sandro Morello, he was bought by Lecce, for 8 footballs... and 200 thousand lire .