De Rossi, ‘beating heart’ of Roma, to leave
Captain Daniele De Rossi will bring the curtain down on his 18-year career with Roma at the end of the season, the Serie A side announced on Tuesday.
The 35-year-old former World Cup winning midfielder will play his final game at home against Parma on May 26, but will not be retiring from professional football. “(De Rossi) plans to pursue a new adventure away from Rome,” the club said in a statement. “It will be the end of an era.”
The game could be a crucial one for Roma’s Champions League ambitions next season as last year’s European semi-finalists are sixth in Serie A just one point off fourth place with two games to play.
De Rossi has spent his entire senior career with his home town team coming through the club’s academy system.
“For 18 years, Daniele has been the beating heart of AS Roma’s team,” said club president Jim Pallotta said.
“We will all shed tears when he pulls on the Giallorossi shirt for the last time against Parma but we respect his desire to prolong his playing career—even if, at almost 36, it will be away from Rome. On behalf of everyone at Roma, I’d like to thank Daniele for his incredible dedication to this club and ensure him that our doors will remain open for him to return to the club in a new role whenever he wants.”
Rossi made 615 appearances and scored 63 goals for Roma in all competitions winning the Coppa Italia in 2007 and 2008, and the Supercoppa in 2007. He took over the captain’s armband from club legend Francesco Totti— the one player ahead of him for Roma appearances—in 2017.
He is also the fourth-most capped player for the Italian national team with 117 appearances.
The 2006 World Cup winner retired after Italy failed to qualify for last year’s World Cup, missing the tournament for the first time in 60 years.
INTER MILAN ON BRINK OF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
Matteo Politano and Ivan Perisic scored in either half as Inter Milan reclaimed third spot in Serie A on Monday with a 2-0 win over already-relegated Chievo to close in on Champions League next season.
Politano opened after 39 minutes at the San Siro with Perisic adding the second four minutes from time, as Chievo played the last 15 minutes a man down after Nicola Rigoni was sent off for a second yellow card.
Inter move back one point ahead of Atalanta as both teams edge closer to joining champions Juventus and second-placed Napoli in elite European football with two games left this season.
AC Milan and Roma are three points adrift of fourth place, with further back Torino in seventh, five points outside the Champions League berths. Inter could seal their place with a win next Sunday at Napoli or at home against lowly Empoli on the final day of the season the following weekend. Inter’s win ended Lazio’s Champions League ambitions with the Romans in eighth with a slim hope of making the Europa League.
Roma captain Daniele De Rossi will leave the club after 18 years.