He’s a player who has courted controversy in a colourful career which he brought to an end in 2012 after 20 years.
What has never ended, though, is his love for home town Livorno and in particular its football club where he played and scored repeatedly for between 2004 and 2007.
This is a man who went out of his way to make sure that when he left Torino his boyhood team was the next stop in his journeyman career. It meant taking a huge pay cut in the process.
This is also a man who snubbed the vast riches of the Premier League on offer at Spurs to remain in Tuscany when Levy came calling a year later - he was already living the dream.
"Some players buy themselves a Ferrari, or a yacht; for a billion lire I bought a Livorno shirt"
This is a man who endeared himself to the supporters by asking for no.99 on his shirt upon his arrival and immediately identifying himself with Brigate autonome Livorno (BAL), the club’s ultra group who were founded in 1999.
It’s not uncommon to see pictures of Che Guevara or Cuban flags draped across the noisy north curve of the stadium where the reddest fans in Italy reside.
As John Foot explains in Calcio: a history of Italian football, Livorno’s fans are extremely left wing.
Lucarelli has never been shy about expressing his political beliefs and there is a widely held view this cost him a goal scoring international career March 1997.
Playing for Italy’s under-21s in Livorno, he celebrated a goal in front of his adoring fans, his childhood mates and family by removing his shirt to reveal he was wearing a Che Guevara t-shirt underneath.
He did finally get that international call up although it took a while. He was 30 when Marcello Lippi picked him in 2005, but Lucarelli appeared just six times for Italy in total and scored three goals.
He may not have been able to strut his stuff on the international stage too regularly, but 101 goals in 161 games for your home club isn’t bad.
Neither is the Golden Boot award he picked up for his 24 strikes in the 2004/05 season.
Other clubs: Perugia, Cosenza, Padova, Atalanta, Valencia, Lecce, Torino, Shakhtar, Parma, (Livorno again) Napoli