October 14th 2019 marked 23 years since Sheffield Wednesday signed Italian Benito Carbone.
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The forward joined the Owls for £3 million in 1996 from Inter Milan, and struck up an excellent partnership with compatriot Paolo Di Canio at Hillsborough.
Carbone played more games for Sheffield Wednesday than any other club. In total he made 95 appearances for the South Yorkshire side and scored 25 goals in that time, creating two assists (via Transfermarkt).
The 1998/99 Premier League campaign was arguably his best in an Owls shirt. He scored eight times that season, which made him the club’s leading goalscorer, and he was also named as fan’s favourite player and Player of the Season.
Carbone himself has fond memories of his time at Wednesday, and in an interview with the Daily Mail he said: “I sometimes look at pictures with my headband on and hair flying in the wind, and it brings back all the memories. It was magical playing alongside Paolo Di Canio. We were mates, and our families spent a lot of time together in Sheffield, but it was on the pitch where we really clicked.”
Unfortunately his time in South Yorkshire ended on a sour note. There became a dressing room rift between the English and Italian players and he ended up leaving to join Aston Villa in 1999.
He remains a favourite at Sheffield Wednesday though, and their official Twitter account had fans reminiscing about the days in which Carbone wore the blue and white stripes when they posted a video of his best moments to celebrate the 23rd anniversary since he arrived at Hillsborough.
It is fair to say that Owls fans have fond memories of the Italian, and here is what some of them had to say…
Beni was an absolute joy to watch. One of the greats.
— Andy McElwaine (@andymcelwaine) October 14, 2019
What a player. Those were the days
— Barry Sausage-Rolls (@Fxlch1) October 14, 2019
— Corinthian Collector (@CorinthianHead) October 14, 2019
— Stu (@ouvrelechein) October 14, 2019
In the top 3 most technically gifted players I’ve seen at Hillsborough 🔥⚽👌 #swfc
— markowl 🦉 (@johnada75157425) October 14, 2019
What a pleasure it was to watch him play
— TheMadSportsPundit (@Gareth129Gareth) October 14, 2019
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what a talent him and di canio were, my heroes as a kid
— Mark (@markyoungerswfc) October 14, 2019