Marco Bertorello with Alexandria Sage (AFP)
Aosta, Italy ●
Thu 17 Jun 2021
An Italian graphic designer has customized a pair of shoes with the Danish flag and Inter Milan logo for footballer Christian Eriksen, who is recovering after collapsing during a match.
Salvatore Cosentino, 63, customizes shoes for players and fans from his workshop in Aosta, in the northwestern tip of Italy, and said he believes a personalized pair dedicated to the midfielder Danish was the right thing to do.
“It’s a dedication,” Cosentino told AFP. “I’m an Inter fan and it’s just something that affected everyone.”
Eriksen fell to the ground suddenly during Denmark’s game against Finland at Euro 2020 on Saturday and received CPR on the pitch as his stunned teammates and fans looked on. He was taken to hospital, where he was stabilized.
The 29-year-old remains in hospital, but on Twitter on Tuesday he thanked his fans, saying he was “fine” but was still undergoing tests.
Cosentino – who has worked as a graphic artist for three decades and also customizes Harley Davidsons – has been creating custom airbrushed shoes for two years through Milan-based company Droma Sport, which also offers protective shoes. – custom shins.
Customers for the boots, which can cost a few hundred euros, have included Argentinian player Alejandro Gomez and Belgian Romelu Lukaku. But most requests come from fans, who want to add their favorite team’s colors to the shoes, or sometimes something even more personal.
“The requests are sometimes very strange, but I can’t argue. If they want to…” Cosentino said. “Sometimes there are dogs, children, girlfriends.”
On the right shoe, the artist added the red and white Danish flag, with Eriksen’s name and the national team’s number 10 on the side, culminating in the curved Inter Milan logo.
On the left, Cosentino took it a step further by creating the head of a snake with yellow slit eyes and exposed fangs – a nod to Inter’s traditional snake symbol and the snake’s healing power through its venom.
The choice was “good omen” for a footballer, Cosentino said, “but especially for the man”.