Fabio Quagliarella has revealed he was forced to quit Napoli in 2010 because he and his family were being stalked during his time at the club.
The striker, now at Sampdoria, has opened up about the issue after his stalker was recently jailed.
Quagliarella joined Napoli in 2009 and scored 11 goals in all competitions during his only season at the Stadio San Paolo before joining Juventus a year later.
And the 34-year-old has now revealed he was “very happy” in Naples but he and his family were driven away due to their stalker hell.
The stalker accused Quagliarella of having links to the Camorra mafia and involvement in paedophilia.
“This week marked the end of an off the pitch issue that had turned into a nightmare for me,” Quagliarella told Sky Sport Italia.
“I have this huge weight taken off my shoulders and this is the real reason I had to leave Napoli and Naples. I was very happy there, but I was affected by this situation that turned into a genuine nightmare.
“I wouldn’t wish it upon anyone. I couldn’t leave my house, neither could my family. I thank the courts for ensuring the truth came out.
“It was even more painful because as the investigation was on-going, I couldn’t tell people about it, I couldn’t express what was happening to me.”