De Rossi officially announces retirement
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.