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Willy Gnonto: How the Lionel Messi-loving Leeds winger made history with Italy after leaving Inter

The 19-year-old, who could face England on Thursday, is reaping the rewards of a gamble that other young Italian players may soon try to emulate

Willy Gnonto has a simple motto: "To always try to enjoy myself." And for him, that means playing regular football. When he was a kid growing up in Verbania, it was all he thought about. Which was understandable, in fairness. His family lived above a small pitch. "When I looked out the window," he later explained, "I only saw the ball." Not much has changed in the interim. Like every footballer, Gnonto just wants to play.

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