Gianluca Lapadula

Gianluca Lapadula Vargas (born 7 February 1990) is a professional footballer who plays as a forward for Serie A club Benevento and the Peru national team. Born in Italy to an Italian father and a Peruvian mother, Lapadula has represented both Italy and Peru internationally.

Gianluca Lapadula
Lapadula with Lecce in 2020
Personal information
Full name Gianluca Lapadula Vargas[1]
Birth name Gianluca Lapadula
Date of birth (1990-02-07) 7 February 1990 (age 31)
Place of birth Turin, Italy
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Position(s) Striker
Club information
Current team
Number 9
Youth career
1996–2004 Juventus
2004–2007 Collegno Paradiso
2006–2007Treviso (loan)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2008 Pro Vercelli 4 (0)
2008–2009 Ivrea 18 (0)
2009–2012 Parma 0 (0)
2010–2011Atletico Roma (loan) 0 (0)
2011Ravenna (loan) 7 (1)
2011–2012San Marino (loan) 35 (24)
2012–2013 Cesena 9 (0)
2013Frosinone (loan) 6 (0)
2013–2015 Parma 0 (0)
2013–2014Gorica (loan) 28 (11)
2014–2015Teramo (loan) 38 (21)
2015–2016 Pescara 40 (27)
2016–2018 Milan 27 (8)
2017–2018Genoa (loan) 28 (6)
2018–2020 Genoa 8 (1)
2019–2020Lecce (loan) 25 (11)
2020– Benevento 31 (5)
National team
2017 Italy B 1 (3)
2020– Peru 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:53, 21 April 2021 (UTC)

Early life

Lapadula was born in Turin on 7 February 1990, to Gianfranco Lapadula from the region of Apulia and Blanca Aida Vargas Higinio from Peru.[2][3] He has a brother named David, who was also a forward in the lower amateur leagues.[4][5][6] Born in Italy to an Italian father and a Peruvian mother, Lapadula represents Peru internationally.

Lapadula is nicknamed Lapagol,[7][8][9][10] due to his goalscoring prowess, and Sir William – in reference to William Wallace – for his strong temperament.[11][12][13]

Club career

Early career

Lapadula began his career with Juventus before releasing in 2004 because he was not doing well in his studies.[14] After that he moved to Collegno Paradiso,[15][16] then left on loan to Treviso in 2006.[17] He returned to Piedmont for Serie C2 side Pro Vercelli on 31 August 2007.[18] He was a player of the reserve.[19] In 2008–09 season, he left for Lega Pro Seconda Divisione (ex–Serie C2) side Ivrea, and was selected to the Lega Pro 2nd Div. A representative team for Lega Pro Quadrangular Tournament and scored a goal against 2nd Div. C representative team in the third place match. Eventually, Group A finished as the third.[20] In August 2009 he was signed by Parma and spent one season with their Primavera team.[21] In July 2010 left for Atletico Roma.[22]

Loans to Atletico Roma and Cesena

Lapadula made his debut for Atletico Roma on 8 August 2010, in the Coppa Italia preliminary round, lost in extra time (1–2). In January 2011, he left for Ravenna. He concluded the 2011–12 season as the topscorer in Group A with 24 goals.

On 15 June 2012, Lapadula joined Serie B club Cesena in co-ownership, signing a five-year contract.[23] Lapadula failed to play regularly for Cesena, and on 8 January 2013 he was signed by Frosinone.[24] In July 2013 the co-ownership between Cesena and Parma was resolved, and Lapadula returned to Parma.

Loans to Gorica and Teramo

Lapadula was loaned to Slovenian club ND Gorica on 1 July,[25] along with Bright Addae, Daniele Bazzoffia, Uroš Celcer, Massimo Coda, Alex Cordaz, Sebestyén Ihrig-Farkas, Alen Jogan, Floriano Vanzo and Fabio Lebran. The deals were finalised on 12 July.[26]

In July 2014 he was loaned to Teramo,[27] where he scored 21 goals and helped the club achieve promotion to Serie B,[28] then cancelled in August 2015 by the final judgment of the Italian Football Federation, due to match-fixing on the part of the President of Teramo, Luciano Campitellii, in the penultimate round of the league in the match against Savona.[29]


After the bankruptcy of Parma Lapadula was released on a free transfer, and in July 2015 he was signed by Pescara in Serie B on a four-year contract.[30] In the 2015–16 season he scored 30 goals in 43 appearances (including three goals in as many appearances in the playoffs), without scoring any penalties, earning the honour of top scorer in the Italian second division.[31][32]


On 24 June 2016, Lapadula passed his medical test with A.C. Milan, who reportedly paid Pescara €9 million plus bonus for the transfer, while the player signed a five-year deal.[33][34] He made his debut for Milan on 27 August 2016, coming on as an 86th-minute substitute during a 4–2 loss away against Napoli in Serie A.[35] He scored his first goal for Milan and in Serie A on 6 November 2016 in the 2–1 away victory against Palermo, three minutes after coming on as a substitute for Carlos Bacca.[36] On 26 November, Lapadula scored his first brace in Serie A in a 1–4 away victory against Empoli.[37] He finished the 2016–17 season with 8 goals in 27 games, two of which were scored from a penalty spot.[38]


On 18 July 2017, Lapadula moved to Genoa, on a one-season loan with an obligation to make the deal permanent.[39][40] The total transfer fee was €13 million[41][42] (€2 million loan + €11 million for outright[40]) which was Genoa's most expensive signing of all-time.[41]

Loan to Lecce

On 12 July 2019, he was loaned to Serie A newcomers Lecce.[43]


On 2 September 2020, Lapadula signed with Benevento on a 3-year contract.[44]

International career

Due to his family heritage Lapadula is eligible to play for Italy and Peru. He had received a call-up by Peru for the Copa América Centenario but had not officially decided which international side to represent.[45] On 7 November 2016, he was called up to the Italy senior squad for the first time for a 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification match against Liechtenstein and a friendly match against Germany, replacing the injured Napoli forward Manolo Gabbiadini.[46]

On 31 May 2017, Lapadula scored a hat-trick for Italy national football B team in a friendly against San Marino.[47]

On 30 October 2020, Lapadula was called-up by Ricardo Gareca to the Peru senior team for 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification matches against Chile and Argentina.[48][49] He made his debut on 13 November 2020, as a substitute in the match against Chile.[50]

Style of play

"I’m a player who never gives up on a loose ball, always fighting even if the game seems lost. This is my character, it’s never say die. – As I said before I am a full-on player."

—In an interview with SoccerBible, Lapadula was asked to describe his style of play.[51]

A dynamic forward, Lapadula is a tenacious and physically strong striker, who stands out for his temperament; due to his versatility, he can play as a centre-forward, and can also adapt to more creative roles, as a second striker, or winger on either flank, courtesy of his ability to both score and assist goals.[11][12][13][52][53][54] An uncommonly accurate and powerful finisher, he also has a strong left foot, and an eye for goal.[53][55]

Career statistics


As of match played 21 April 2021[56]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup Europe Other Total
Atletico Roma (loan) 2010–11 Serie C1 00100010
Ravenna (loan) 2010–11 Serie C1 71000071
San Marino (loan) 2011–12 Serie C2 352400003524
Cesena 2012–13 Serie B 902100111
Frosinone (loan) 2012–13 Serie C1 60000060
Gorica (loan) 2013–14 1. SNL 281143003214
Teramo (loan) 2014–15 Lega Pro 382112214124
Pescara 2015–16 Serie B 4027204[lower-alpha 1]34630
Milan 2016–17 Serie A 278101[lower-alpha 2]0298
Genoa (loan) 2017–18 28610296
Genoa 2018–19 811192
Total 367210000388
Lecce (loan) 2019–20 Serie A 2511222713
Benevento 2020–21 31500315
Career total 2821151590074304128







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