Daniele de Rossi retires at age 36

Former Italy international Daniele de Rossi has retired from football at the age of 36. De Rossi has left Argentine side Boca Juniors who he joined last summer, and this brings his 18-year career to an end.

It can be recalled that he spent the majority of his career at Serie A side AS Roma where he played 616 times. The Italian, who also won a World Cup in 2006, told a news conference that his desire to spend more time with his family fuelled his decision to retire.

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In his playing days, he established himself as the fourth most-capped player with 117 caps for Italy with Francesco Totti being the only one to surpass him in most appearances for Roma.

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He also rejected an offer for the role of a director at Roma at the end of last season before signing for Boca to continue his career on the pitch. However, he made just 6 appearances as his playi9ng opportunity was hampered by injuries.

“An absolutely fantastic football career comes to an end,” Roma said.

“Thank you for so many incredible memories, Daniele.”

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