Udinese striker Antonio Di Natale has confirmed that he will retire at the end of the 2013/2014 season.

The 36-year-old veteran joined the Serie A club in 2004 from Empoli for a fee of 1 million euros and has since gone on to score 178 goals in 349 appearances for the club.

The Udinese captain became a club legend in 2010 after rejecting a move to Italian giants Juventus, which would have seen him become the club's highest paid player.

Instead, he decided to see out the remainder of his career at the Udine outfit, and has become one of the most easily recognisable players of Italian football for all the right reasons.

A striker of the highest calibre, "Toto" went on to score 11 goals  in 42 appearances for Italy between 2002-2012, whilst also featuring in one World Cup and two European Championships.

The Neapolitan became the first Udinese player in the clubs history to win consecutive Serie A top goal scorer titles, and as a result was also named Italian footballer of the year in 2010.

Speaking after today's 3-1 defeat at home against Verona the forward admitted that the current campaign would be his last as a professional footballer. 

"I have decided, in June, I'll stop and leave football. I have already spoken with my attorney," he said.


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