De Rossi of­fi­cially an­nounces re­tire­ment

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Daniele De Rossi has of­fi­cially an­nounced his re­tire­ment at the age of 36 af­ter a ca­reer spent with Roma and Boca Ju­niors. “I sim­ply need to be back home.”

It was an­nounced in a joint press con­fer­ence with Boca Ju­niors Pres­i­dent Jorge Amor Ameal this evening.

“It’s not a se­ri­ous in­jury prob­lem or any other ma­jor is­sue, re­ally,” as­sured DDR to the me­dia.

“I sim­ply feel the need to be back with my fam­ily. I miss my daugh­ter in par­tic­u­lar and she is miss­ing me. I have made this de­ci­sion, it is de­fin­i­tive.

“Ev­ery­one has tried to con­vince me oth­er­wise, they of­fered me more time, but the de­ci­sion has been made and there’s noth­ing strange about it.

“I leave a piece of my heart here, as no­body can re­alise what it means to play at the Bom­bon­era and be in the Boca dress­ing room.

This has been a unique ex­pe­ri­ence.

“You wel­comed me like a brother here and I will never for­get that. I’ll con­tinue watch­ing Boca games and I’m sure I’ll come back in fu­ture to be in the stands. I had made my de­ci­sion in Oc­to­ber, but I thought it only right to come back here and tell peo­ple face-to­face, as a sign of re­spect.

“Along with this club that will al­ways have a place in my heart, I also leave my playing ca­reer. I will cer­tainly con­tinue to work in foot­ball, though.”

The mid­fielder also won the 2006 World Cup with Italy, earn­ing 117 caps and 21 goals for his coun­try at se­nior level.

De Rossi had spent his en­tire life with the Roma jersey on his back, a fan since child­hood, then mov­ing up through their youth academy to be­come cap­tain af­ter Francesco Totti hung up his boots.

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