Sorry Graziano Pelle says he's 'a nobody' after his penalty miss against Germany


Italy striker Graziano Pelle isn't taking his missed penalty in *that* shoot-out defeat to Germany too well by the sounds of his quotes after the match.

The Southampton striker was one of four Italian players to miss their spot-kick, although Pelle's was more notable after he had gestured to Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer before the kick that he was going to score with a Paneka.

Safe to say it didn't work out so well for the big frontman as his effort then dribbled wide and he was left apologising to his country and proclaiming that he is a nobody in the mixed zone afterwards.

Italy's Graziano Pelle
(Nick Potts/EMPICS Sport)

"It is not important to me now that it was a good tournament for Italy overall," the Southampton striker told reporters.

"I am very sad and I would like to apologise to all of Italy. I want to say sorry to my team-mates, to the coach, to the fans and to anyone else who wished me the best.

"I had just one job and that was to score the penalty. I would have become a phenomenon had I done that. I was a nobody when I arrived at the Euros and I am still a nobody now. But I have always given my all for the jersey of Italy."

Viktoria Varga (centre) girlfriend of Italy's Graziano Pelle reacts in the stands after the match
(Nick Potts/EMPICS Sport)

Pelle has copped a lot of criticism for his interaction with Neuer, and offered this reasoning for it.

"I did not want to disrespect Neuer," he said. "I wanted to deceive him. I saw that he dived before the penalty takers had hit their shot and he seemed to be flying to the corners. I tried to make him stay in the middle of his goal a bit longer by making the Panenka-gesture."

You can see what he was thinking, but we suspect he'll never try that again.