At 34 years old, Fernando Forestieri has this physical status:
Club careerForestieri's career began in 2003 with Newell's Old Boys, born in Rosario, Argentina, by Italian parents. Boca Juniors bought Forestieri for $50,000 later this year, when he was just 13 years old. Forestieri left Boca to Genoa at the age of 16.
Genoa began working with Forestieri in January 2006. Boca attempted to keep the young player, but they were unable to do so. Boca contest the continuity of the transfer and foregoing a €300,000 compensation from Genoa, the Argentine club filed the lawsuit to the AFA in March. He played several friendly matches with Genoa this summer, and Torino president Urbano Cairo watched Forestieri in action and demanded €500,000 for him, but Genoa refused.
Forestieri made his official debut with Genoa against Empoli on November 8, 2006 in a Coppa Italia loss. Forestieri made his Serie B league debut on January 13, 2007 when losing 2–1 to Pescara on a home match where they failed 2–1 to Pescara. He then served with the Genoa Primavera youth team, which took home the 2007 International Viareggio trophy.
Siena reported on July 25, 2007, that they had signed Forestieri from Genoa in a joint venture for €1.7 million to cover the transfer debt involving Andrea Masiello and Abdoulay Konko's transfer to Siena. In a match against Atalanta, he made his Serie A debut on September 26th, knocking him off the bench. Forestieri scored his first goal for Siena after being brought on as a replacement against Internazionale in a 3–2 loss.
Genoa purchased the majority of his transfer rights for €4.5 million (with Siena purchasing half of Manuel Coppola for €1.5 million and the full rights of Abdelkader Ghezzal for €3.5 million), but only in two games during the first season with coach Giampaolo.
He was loaned to Vicenza in Serie B, where he scored 5 goals in 19 appearances in January 2009.
Forestieri decided to move to La Liga in July 2009, taking Málaga on loan from Genoa and Udinese. On July 28, he was sold to Udinese Calcio as part of a co-ownership agreement. In a 2–1 victory over Mallorca on December 20, 2009, he scored his first goal for the club.
In summer 2010, he failed to find a new club and remained with Udinese's youth team. Udinese held some club friendlies for players who were unable to leave, credited to Udinese B. He left the club and joined the Primavera youth team in Udinese.
He had been transferred to Empoli, a Serie B team in January 2011.
On July 15, he was signed by newly promoted Serie B team Bari alongside Zdenk Zlámal, which was purchased outright from Genoa on July 15th. He'll be a potential replacement for Paulo Vitor Barreto, who was bought back by Udinese in June.
Watford obtained Forestieri on loan from Udinese on August 31, 2012. On September 29, he scored his first goal against Huddersfield Town and was then dismissed three days later against Charlton Athletic. Manuel Almunia, the Watford goalkeeper, has said he has seen likenesses to Lionel Messi and that he has a promising future but he must avoid being involved with referees. Forestieri scored his second Watford goal against Leicester City in November, which was the game of the season as Watford emerged as 2–1 winners. Forestieri became a hero at Vicarage Road and was dubbed Fessi by the Watford faithful, implying his similarity to Argentine compatriot Lionel Messi.
The striker signed a three-and-a-half-year contract with the club on Monday. Forestieri scored his first goals as a permanent Watford player against Sheffield on March 5th, netting a brace at Vicarage Road in an emotional 2–1 victory where Forestieri was spotted screaming and kissing the Watford badge after the final whistle, three weeks later, against Burnley on March 29.
Forestieri found himself sliding down the pecking order at Vicarage Road after a disappointing 2014–15 season (despite winning promotion to Premier League) with Watford, scoring only 5 goals in 25 games, with a mixture of constant manager changes. Forestieri, who played for Leeds, Reading, and Sheffield Wednesday, was captivated by their interest from clubs in the Championship, including Leeds, Reading, and Sheffield. Sheffield Wednesday completed the signing of Forestieri on a four-year contract on August 29, 2015, for an undisclosed sum estimated to be around £3,000,000. He was the 14th signing by the Owls in the summer, and the 3rd and the 3rd went from Vicarage Road to Hillsborough with Lewis McGugan and Daniel Pudil. In the 3–1 home loss to Burnley on September 12, he made his Owls debut. He was the top goalscorer in all leagues on Wednesday, scoring 15 goals in all competitions.
At the end of the 2015-2016 season, Forestieri was named Player of the Year. Forestieri resigned from Sheffield Wednesday's deal for a further year on January 9, 2017, extending his contract with the Sheffield Wednesday team until the summer of 2020. It was announced on June 24th that he had turned down a new deal and would leave the club on June 30.
Forestieri agreed to return to Udinese on a two-year contract on September 8, 2020. Forestieri played 4 times in 2021-22's season, scoring 2 goals and giving 1 assist in just 54 minutes of football. By mutual consent in December 2021, Udinese's limited prospects and despite an outstanding free kick goal against Genoa Fernando in November 2021, he was released from his Udinese contract. During his second season with the club, Fernando had scored 4 goals in 28 games.
Forestieri left Udinese and headed to Asia in January 2022, joining Malaysian giants Johor Darul Ta'zim on a two-year contract. He won his first trophy in club football shortly after, when JDT defeated Kuala Lumpur 3–0 to win the Piala Sumbangsih (Charity Shield), one of the many goals scored by Forestieri on his debut.
Forestieri was called up by Italy for its U-17, U-19, and U-20 football teams after losing a call-up to Argentina's under-17 squad. In a friendly game against Russia on April 13, 2011, he made his debut with the Italy U-21 team.