Gini Wijnaldum received an absolutely thunderous ovation from Roma fans after being introduced on the pitch at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday.
The Europa Conference League winners host Shakhtar Donetsk in their final friendly – a peace match for Ukraine – before their Serie A campaign kicks off next week.
Wijnaldum made his debut for the club, coming off the bench in a 5-0 thrashing where Lorenzo Pellegrini, Gianluca Mancini, Nicolo Zaniolo and Edoardo Bove were on target – apart from a Yukhym Konoplya own goal.
Before the game, Jose Mourinho’s side were introduced one by one to the passionate Giallorossi fans, who made a lot of noise.
I love that Gini is getting so much love from Roma… PSG treated him badly… Good luck Gini.. YNWA
— Johnny on the spot (@its_a_timon) August 7, 2022
for players in England can never have such an entrance
— Oliver Day (@OliverDay23) August 7, 2022
The tension was raised to a very extraordinary level and the fans erupted in voice when Wijnaldum’s chant – to the tune of ‘This Girl’ from Kungs vs Cookin’ on 3 burners.
When Wijnaldum signed to become Roma’s fifth summer signing, he was greeted by hundreds of fans at the airport.
The Argentine was met with similar affection when he was introduced to the pitch on Sunday, as were Tammy Abraham and Nicolo Zaniolo.
The official presentation was broadcast live on the club’s social media accounts. Nobody does it like Roma.
Roma start the season with an away game against Salernitana on Sunday 14 August, before welcoming newly promoted Cremonese in their first home game of the season on 22 August.