When the name Federico Macheda is mentioned, you’d be lying if his late winner against Aston Villa for Manchester United doesn’t immediately come to mind…
‘Great turn by Machedaaaaa…. astonishing’ were the words of Sky Sports’ Martin Tyler.
However, despite that late goal helping Alex Ferguson’s side win yet another Premier League title, the Red Devils were just one of six English sides that the Italian turned out for.
Following loan spells with Sampdoria, Stuttgart, Doncaster and then his most efficient with Birmingham, Macheda moved across the border and joined Cardiff City, who were plying their trade in the Championship after their relegation from the topflight.
After his release from Old Trafford, the Bluebirds picked up the youngster on a free transfer, which saw him reunite with his ex-United U21s manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
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Macheda’s first campaign at the Cardiff City Stadium was generally prolific – scoring eight times in 33 matches, including crucial strikes against Leeds, Nottingham Forest, Ipswich and Brentford.
However, having fallen out of favour under new manager Russell Slade, following Solskjaer’s sacking, the forward was then loaned to Forest, although that also didn’t work out, and he eventually left Cardiff prior to the 2016-17 season.
But what has he been doing since leaving the Welsh capital?
Macheda returned to his native Italy with Serie B side Novara, although two more goal-shy seasons saw the then 26-year-old on the move once again.
And now, the former United striker appears settled with Panathinaikos, enjoying the best goalscoring run of his career – despite the once Greeks not being the European powerhouse they once were.
Following that dramatic Old Trafford strike against Villa, Macheda’s career threatened to lead to much greater things, but it’s pleasing to see him still playing at the highest level.