Saponara in 2013
|Full name||Riccardo Saponara|
|Date of birth||21 December 1991|
|Place of birth||Forlì, Italy|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder|
|2013||→ Empoli (loan)||18||(3)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 08:23, 21 April 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Riccardo Saponara (born 21 December 1991) is an Italian footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Serie A club Milan. He is well known for his dart sprints and his resemblance to Kaká in his playing style.
Originally played as a winger, Empoli manager Maurizio Sarri switched him into a central position behind the strikers in the 2012/13 Serie B season to devastating effect as he grabbed 13 goals and 15 assists in 40 appearances for the club. He led Empoli to the Serie B promotion play-off Finals where they lost to Livorno.
On 21 January 2013, Milan signed the 21-year old Saponara from Empoli on the condition that he remained at Empoli until the end of the season. Milan paid around €4m for his co-ownership. He played just 218 minutes of Serie A football spread across seven Serie A matches, failing to contribute any goals or assists in the 13/14 season.
- As of 6 April 2013