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Newcastle fans on the 22nd of March went on Twitter to appreciate one of their greatest defender in the Premier League in Fabricio Coloccini. Signed from Spanish side Deportivo La Coruna in 2008 the defender had endured lean spells at AC Milan Atletico Madrid and Villareal.

At Newcastle, the bushy-haired Argentine would wow the Magpies for the next eight years of his stay. Blessed with good speed and excellent in the air Coloccini was the rock behind the fifth-placed finish alongside Steve Taylor in the early part of Alan Pardew’s tenure.

He was made the captain of the club in 2011 during that season his performances was exceptional as he was named in the PFA team of the year. Newcastle fans are very loyal to players that dedicate their effort to the club.

When he demanded a shock transfer move in 2013 to San Lorenzo based on personal reasons it caused a stir within the club. He was so important that the club had to go through a series of meeting with the defender in a bid to convince him to remain at the club.

Newcastle fans remember his performances in the Tyne-Wear derby against Sunderland where he led the club to victories against their bitter rivals. Coloccini was also a threat to opposing defences and regularly won flicks and aerial balls in the opposing goal.

The player at the age of 34 finally called it quits with the club in 2016 with adulation from the fans who had come to consider the Argentine defender as one of their own. Currently playing for boyhood club San Lorenzo in Argentina the 37-year-old shows no signs of stopping.

He can be rest assured that he is welcome to St James Park after his career either in a coaching or administrative capacity as he is considered a club legend.