Former World Cup-winner Daniele De Rossi set to call time on glittering career after injury-plagued stint at Boca Juniors

  • Daniele De Rossi, the Italian midfielder who joined Boca Juniors last year after a career spent at AS Roma, announced his retirement from the game on Monday and said he will return home to spend more time with his family

  • De Rossi, who won the World Cup with Italy in 2006, surprised colleagues and fans alike when he moved to Buenos Aires in July to play for a club he said he had always admired

  • The 36-year old told reporters he would take some time off before studying to become either a coach or director

Buenos Aires: Daniele De Rossi, the Italian midfielder who joined Boca Juniors last year after a career spent at AS Roma, announced his retirement from the game on Monday and said he will return home to spend more time with his family.

 Former World Cup-winner Daniele De Rossi set to call time on glittering career after injury-plagued stint at Boca Juniors

File image of Daniele De Rossi. Reuters

De Rossi, who won the World Cup with Italy in 2006, surprised colleagues and fans alike when he moved to Buenos Aires in July to play for a club he said he had always admired.

However, he was dogged by injury and made only seven appearances for the Argentine giants and scored one goal. The 36-year old told reporters he would take some time off before studying to become either a coach or director.

“I feel the need to get closer to my daughter and my family,” he said. “There’s nothing else behind this.”

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Updated Date: Jan 07, 2020 10:47:26 IST