Daniele De Rossi, a symbol of the Italian "tococampista", tireless in defense and optimal at the start of the ball, said goodbye Monday to Boca Juniors , a club where he played since last July, and put an end to his soccer career at 36 years old.
This was confirmed by De Rossi, speaking in Spanish, at a press conference offered in Buenos Aires, in which he said he is sad to leave the life of a football player and explained that, although he would have liked to continue playing "another ten years" He wants to return to Rome to be with his family.
De Rossi, born in Rome on July 24, 1983, ends a 20-year career , lived almost entirely in the team of his city and he is fond of, a Rome with which he played 616 games and with which he scored 63 goals.
Midfielder of charisma, physical strength and great defensive capabilities coupled with a good technique constantly improved in his career, De Rossi was nicknamed from his early years in Rome as the "Future Captain" , the player designated as heir to the legend Francesco Totti And after 16 seasons as a Romanist, in which he rose to second captain, he picked up from the 2017-2018 academic year the bracelet that his idol and companion Totti wore.
His career as a Romanist, which began in 2001, recorded 459 matches in the Italian league , 56 in the Italian Cup and 98 in international competitions, in addition to four Italian Super Cup matches.
His leadership and talent generated throughout his career the interest of great teams from Europe, including Real Madrid and Manchester United , but, as Totti did, de Rossi decided to dedicate his sports life to his city club and preferred to represent the Romanist shield to the possibility of obtaining more international titles.
In fact, De Rossi only won three trophies with clubs: two Italian Cup titles and one of the Italian Super Cup lifted during the management of Luciano Spalletti in 2007 and 2008.
The great success of his career came with the shirt of the Italian national team, with which he was crowned as world champion in Germany 2006, in a World Cup in which he was the protagonist when transforming one of the decisive penalties in the final round against France.
In that World Cup, with only 23 years, De Rossi was a leader of the midfield of the national team trained by Marcello Lippi and, despite a penalty of four games by a nudge on the second day of the group stage, he returned to the eleven in the final of Berlin, in time to contribute to the fourth world cup in Italy's football history.
After 18 years in Rome, the American property decided not to renew its contract, which expired in July 2019, and De Rossi left the team among the hard-fought controversies of the fans to sign a one-year contract with the Argentine Boca Juniors.
His stage in the whole of Buenos Aires ended after six months, with seven games and one goal. A period in which he became deeply fond of Boca, a team he is very grateful for, De Rossi himself highlighted in his farewell press conference.
His football career officially ends on Monday, although football will continue to be part of his life, because in his plans he is studying to be a coach.
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