Some West Ham fans reacted to a Tweet from the club about former star Alessandro Diamanti.
The Italian turned 36 on Thursday and received a birthday message from his old employers that included a video clip of him scoring a superb free-kick against Birmingham City at Upton Park.
Diamanti joined the Hammers from Italian outfit Livorno for around £6 million in 2009 (The Telegraph) and made a total of 30 appearances for the club.
He only stuck around for one season before returning to Serie A with Brescia, with many feeling disappointed that he did not come anywhere close to honouring the five-year contract he signed.
Diamanti is fondly remembered by Irons supporters for his speciality over a dead ball, which earned him unlikely cult hero status.
West Ham struggled for most of 2009/10 and ended up surviving relegation by just one point, but Diamanti certainly impressed where most of his teammates did not.
For one reason or another, the left-footed magician quickly departed and his time at Bologna arguably suggested that the club sold him on far too soon.
West Ham fans react
Some West Ham fans responded to the video clip of their old maestro, with several people expressing regret over the club’s hasty sale:
This guy was a flat out baller, shame he didn’t stick around.
— Sam Shearer (@SamShearer7) 2 May 2019
— Ollie Jonas (@oliverjonas2) 2 May 2019
Loved this bloke, shame he wasn’t with us long enough
— Nick Roper⚒ (@nickpaulroper1) 2 May 2019
Why did we sell him? He played so well for us and then he was gone. Never saw any media uproar about him being unsettled. It was like he was here then he was gone. Great player. ⚒️
— Fabian WHUFC 🇺🇸 (@WHUFC_USA_2008) 2 May 2019
Such underrated player used to love him watching him play. ⚒
— Adam Dowie 🏴⚒ 🤙 (@Mrdowie1990) 2 May 2019
Rumour has it Messi has studied and learnt free kicks from this man
— Jack M (@JackMaji) 2 May 2019
— SK (@Sam_Keenan1) 2 May 2019
What a great player we should have never of sold him when we did
— ian oakley ⚒C.O.Y.I⚒ (@roystonhammer73) 2 May 2019
Can’t believe we let him go
— Michael Deas (@mike_deas) 2 May 2019
Some player! Never understood why he left ⚒⚒⚒⚒
— not Geoff Hurst (@stevemed) 2 May 2019
One of the best players in that season and there wasn’t that many 😉⚒
— Boswell⚒ (@Boswell1983) 2 May 2019