Cas­sano con­firms he’s fi­nally ‘finito’

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SPORTS -

ROME — For­mer Italy in­ter­na­tional striker An­to­nio Cas­sano con­firmed his re­tire­ment for the sec­ond time in a week on Mon­day, bring­ing an event­ful end to a col­or­ful ca­reer.

The 35-year ini­tially an­nounced his re­tire­ment on July 18 be­fore back­track­ing on his de­ci­sion just hours af­ter break­ing the news to his new Hel­las Verona team­mates.

He then said on Mon­day he was quit­ting Verona only two weeks af­ter join­ing the Serie A club, but added he would look to con­tinue play­ing else­where.

How­ever, Cas­sano later posted an­other mes­sage on the Twitter ac­count of his wife, Carolina Mar­cialis, to clar­ify that he was in­deed hang­ing up his boots.

“Con­trary to what ap­peared on my wife’s of­fi­cial pro­files on so­cial me­dia, I would like to clar­ify the fol­low­ing,” Cas­sano said.

“Carolina was wrong. Af­ter think­ing and re­flect­ing, in the end I made a fi­nal de­ci­sion: An­to­nio Cas­sano will not play foot­ball any­more.

“I apol­o­gize to the city of Verona, all the fans, to pres­i­dent Mau­r­izio Setti, to sports di­rec­tor Filippo Fusco, to coach Fabio Pec­chia, to my team­mates and to the med­i­cal and tech­ni­cal staff.

“At this mo­ment, I feel my pri­or­ity is to be close to my chil­dren and wife.”

Cas­sano, renowned for his volatile be­hav­ior, only signed for Hel­las on July 10 af­ter the club se­cured pro­mo­tion from Serie B.

The veteran for­ward hadn’t played since his re­lease from Sam­p­do­ria in Jan­uary.

Last week he threat­ened to leave Verona, be­fore pulling a dra­matic re­ver­sal.

“This morn­ing I had a mo­ment of weak­ness, I had a meet­ing with (head coach) Fabio Pec­chia and the oth­ers to say that I wanted to stop,” Cas­sano said on July 18.

“I was yearn­ing for my fam­ily but the club’s man­age­ment has asked them to come (to Verona from south­ern Italy) and they gave me the strength to carry on.

“My wife told me, ‘The kids and my­self can’t not watch you play’.

“That will give me strength that I haven’t had in 18 years. I want to rise to the chal­lenge and have a crazy sea­son,” he added.

Cas­sano first came to promi­nence with Roma be­fore spells with Real Madrid, AC Mi­lan and In­ter Mi­lan, scor­ing 10 goals in 39 in­ter­na­tional ap­pear­ances.

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