Josip Ilicic has been a great cause of worry for his club Atalanta since he left the club for personal reasons. According to reports, he allegedly “caught his wife, Tina Polovina, in bed with another man” – Oh My Goal, however, all indications show that the report of the cheating allegation may be false.
The first report that emanated from the scandal was that the 32-year-old Slovenia forward was trying to quit football due to depression. However, the reason for the depression was not made public.
The latest update from the scandal was that Josip Ilicic deactivated the comment section of one of his Instagram posts. He reportedly took this step in order to prevent his over 213 thousand Instagram followers from making any reaction related to the reported scandal.
The fact that the Atalanta striker has deactivated the comment section of his Instagram post was noticed in his most recent post which he shared on Sunday, August 2, showing a group picture of his club. In the caption, he simply wrote: “Grandi”, which is an Italian word meaning “Great”.
The club’s group picture was to show solidarity with him as he faces the toughest match of his life. Since he wasn’t there with them, his teammate held his jersey while they celebrate their third-place finish on the Italian Serie A table.
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Josip Ilicic who has had a fantastic season with Atalanta in the just concluded 2019-2020 season decided to fly from Italy to his home country, Slovenia, with the intention of surprising his beloved wife, Tina Polovina.
The football star is away from the club and all speculations are pointing to Depression. So far, he is unwilling to continue playing for his Italian Serie A club, but the Atalanta football club remains hopeful that Josip Ilicic will return to the club.
Though it is not certain when exactly the incident happened, Josip Ilicic last played for Atalanta since July 11 after their match against Juventus which ended 2-2. This implies that the incident happened after that match.
Josip Ilicic and his wife who have two daughters – Sofia and Victoria, are probably under the same roof having fun times during this pandemic, no one knows. In fact, Josip loves this woman so much that he always dedicate all his goals to her by making a heart sign during his celebrations.
Josip Illicic’s depression is a big consequence for Atalanta
Arguably, the 32-year-old striker has been Atalanta’s best striker this season as he scored 15 goals and made 8 assists in 26 appearances which helped them to finish 3rd on the Italian Serie A table.
Before the rumors started to spread that he caught his wife cheating on him, the Slovenian star was looking forward to playing Paris Saint Germain in UEFA Champions League quarter-final which would take place in Lisbon, Portugal, on August 12. He has even shared an Instagram post about it when UEFA released the fixtures of the concluding part of the European tournament.
But now, the manager of Atalanta, Gian Piero Gasperini, has admitted that the football star might not be available for the team ahead of the match and possibly in subsequent matches in the tournament if the club scale through PSG.
“We’re getting closer to the day [of the PSG game]. With each passing day, it is more difficult for us to have Ilicic back”, Gasperini said. “It would be very difficult for him to be with us in Lisbon.”
Who is Josip Ilicic?
Josip Ilicic was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina on 29 January 1988. After the death of his father, he, his mother, Ana, and brother Igor, moved to Slovenia when he was just one-year-old.
After starting his football career at Slovenian clubs Bonifika, Interblock and Maribor, he joined Palermo, an Italian Serie A club in 2010. Josip Illicic stayed at the club for three years before he moved to Fiorentina where he spent another four years.
Instead of representing Bosnia and Herzegovina, his place of birth or Croatia, his ancestral home, the football star decided to represent Slovenia, where he was brought up. He played for the country in all the age group football competitions and subsequently joined the senior national team of the country in 2010.
On July 5, 2017, Josip Ilicic made his biggest career move when he joined Atalanta for €5.75 million. Since he joined the club, he always ensured that he scores at least 11 goals every season. He currently owns the record of being the oldest player to score 4 goals in a single Champions League match.
The just-concluded season has been his best as he was able to score a total of 21 goals and made a total of 9 assists in all competitions for Atalanta.