After being diagnosed with severe kidney failure Luciano Galletti faced a devastating decision. 

The Argentine announced on the 27th September 2010 that he was retiring from professional football. He revealed in a published statement by "I would have loved to continue playing, but I have a family and there are things in life that are more important than football." 

This marked a sobering day in the world of the beautiful game as at the age of thirty years old Galletti was being stripped of his chance to continue playing. 

On 9th April 1980 Luciano Martin Galletti was born in La Plata the capital city in the Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina and it would not be long until young Luciano would continue in the footsteps of his father Ruben Horacio, who scored 88 goals for Estudiantes de La Plata. 

Making 37 appearances over the two years he spent with Los Pincharratas the winger looked to challenge himself and moved to Italy signing with Parma. But ultimately this was a move that brought frustration and ended unsuccessfully in January 2000 after only six months he transferred to Napoli. 

The inability to settle in Italy was adding to the stresses he was experiencing in breaking into the first team at both sides. 

After a brief loan back to Estudiantes he was being shopped around the market looking for a new home and Spanish outfit Real Zaragoza came forward with their interest and committed to signing the promising 21 year old. 

It was at the La Romareda that Galletti's career would begin to take off as he became an integral member of the Blanquillos squad. The pinnacle of his four year stay came in 2004 when Zaragoza defeated Real Madrid 3-2 in the final of the Copa Del Rey.  

These consistent displays intrigued Atletico Madrid enough to pay £2.2 million for him. He would become a regular fixture in the side and along with Fernando Torres and an 18 year old Sergio Aguero guided Los Colchineros to a seventh place finish in the La Liga. 

In 2007 after spending six years in south-western Europe Galletti found himself moving once again and the much travelled Argentine transferred to Olympiakos.

During his stay his goal scoring numbers increased dramatically and in the 59 appearances he made for the club he scored 19 times.  Then in 2010 he received the tragic news that effectively ended his playing career.

However, in October 2012 the high-spirited ex-winger underwent a kidney transplant that turned out to be a successful operation. Recent reports are suggesting that Luciano Galletti is going to make a miraculous return to football after OFI Crete reached a verbal agreement and are prepared to give the player an opportunity. 

The perseverance and drive to want to return to the game is a testament to the players who have had their careers ended prematurely. 

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