World Cup win­ner and Roma leg­end De Rossi re­tires

Muscat Daily - - SPORTS -

Buenos Aires, Ar­gentina - Vet­eran for­mer Italy in­ter­na­tional Daniele De Rossi an­nounced his re­tire­ment from foot­ball on Mon­day, just six months af­ter join­ing Ar­gen­tine gi­ants Boca Ju­niors.

De Rossi played only seven matches for the Buenos Aires out­fit, scor­ing once, but said he needed to re­turn home for fam­ily rea­sons.

"I need to go home. I'm leav­ing Boca and foot­ball," said the 36 year old for­mer Italy and Roma mid­fielder.

"I'm leav­ing a club that has en­tered my heart, this sport, my pas­sion."

De Rossi, who suf­fered sev­eral in­juries dur­ing his time in Ar­gentina, in­sisted that he has ‘no se­ri­ous health prob­lems’ but merely felt ‘the need to be closer to my fam­ily, to my daugh­ter. I miss them and they miss me’.

De Rossi spent 18 years at Roma be­fore leav­ing the club at the end of last sea­son.

He played 117 times for Italy from 2004-17 and won the World Cup in 2006.

"I'm go­ing to con­tinue work­ing in foot­ball in Italy, I don't know in what role," he said.

"Here we're very far away, it's hard to con­nect with peo­ple (back home) on a day to day ba­sis. I'm go­ing to stay in Rome or cities close by."

When he left Roma last

May, De Rossi said he wanted to con­tinue play­ing.

Upon join­ing the Ar­gen­tines he added: "I couldn't end my ca­reer with­out play­ing for Boca."

De Rossi's sign­ing was or­gan­ised by his for­mer Roma team­mate Ni­co­las Bur­disso, who was then the Boca sport­ing di­rec­tor.

But Bur­disso has since been re­placed by Boca leg­end Juan Ro­man Riquelme.

De Rossi, though, in­sisted he had no prob­lems with the new man­age­ment.

He said his 14 year old daugh­ter was 'the only one who stayed in Italy and she needs her fa­ther to be close by'.

“She's not in dan­ger in any way but I need to be there," he said.

Daniele De Rossi

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