Paolo Di Canio was an enigma both as a player and as a person during his time in English football.
He had moments of magic on the pitch like the incredible volley for West Ham against Wimbledon but sometimes that passion spilled over.
Everyone remembers when he pushed over referee Paul Alcock while playing for Sheffield Wednesday and was banned for 11 games.
After leaving the Hammers in 2003 he joined Charlton Athletic for a season and although his time in south east London was brief it was memorable.
Reserve team manager at the time Glynn Snodin recalled a story about Di Canio that epitomises his passion.
He told talkSPORT: “We used to get a good crowd at The Valley for reserve games and Paolo came to play against Fulham on a Tuesday night. The crowd shot up by another 6,000-7,000.
“We always had music on before we went out and I remember saying to Mickey Cole, the goalkeeping coach and physio, ‘have you got that Nessun Dorma in your car?’ Because he loves singing and music.
“He checked his CDs and we put it on. It was brilliant and as it was on he stood up and put his hand on his heart and was singing away. Tears were coming down his cheeks and this is for a reserve game.
“He goes and scores two goals and comes off after an hour. Absolutely fantastic.”
The Addicks went on to win the match against Fulham 4-0 as Di Canio was looking to get match fit ahead of a clash with Manchester United the following weekend.
The Italian helped Charlton finish seventh in the 2003/04 season – their highest in top flight history and one of their most memorable during their Premier League years.
Manager Alan Curbishley also reflected on Di Canio’s brief spell at The Valley.
Alan Curbishley told talkSPORT: “Paolo Di Canio left that season and said something interesting. It was the highest Charlton had finished in the top flight and he was proud to be part of it.
“Finishing seventh was a terrific achievement but we were good enough to finish higher.”
The Addicks occupied fourth place for most of the season but an end of season slump – not helped by the departure of Scott Parker – saw them slip out of the European places.