Paolo Di Canio will always be fondly remembered by the West Ham fans who watched him, as he was a clear fan favourite.

He came up with so many moments of pure magical genius, meaning he won’t ever be forgotten by those who were lucky enough to see him in a claret and blue shirt.

Even now, 16 years after he left Upton Park, West Ham have tweeted to wish him a happy birthday:

It was pretty inevitable that the fans would get involved, as there are so many who still have a true affection for the Italian.

Most people have a favourite story about the him: the volley against Wimbledon, his antics against Bradford City, catching the ball against Everton, his double against Chelsea and so many more memorable moments.

He gave so much for the club and developed such an affinity with it, that it became almost impossible for most West Ham fans to do anything but love and adore him.

With everything that has happened with Marko Arnautović and the club’s pursuit of a striker this transfer window, it is nice to remember someone who genuinely cared for the club so much, while also entertaining the fans on such a regular basis.

The claret and blue army may never get to witness a player quite like Di Canio ever again.

A selection of Twitter reaction to the birthday wish can be seen below: