Daniele De Rossi has announced his retirement from football.
The Italian legend left Roma last summer and joined Boca Juniors, but has now decided to hang up his boots for good.
He released the following statement, citing his desire to move back to Italy, closer to his family:
"I don’t have any health-related issues, I have the need to be with my daughter. They miss me, and I miss them," De Rossi said at a news conference, per GOAL.
"I had the pleasure of working with the new board. They tried to convince me to stay but the decision was set. They asked me to think about this for a few days.
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"The board offered me their help. But I don’t need help. I need to go back home. I’m not only saying goodbye to a club that’s in my heart, I’m saying goodbye to football, it’s my world.
"I dont want to get into details. I’ve already explained it well. My oldest daughter was the only one to stay in Italy. She’s living well, she’s not in danger, she just needs her father.
"Here in Argentina we’re very far. If I were elsewhere in Europe, I would be an hour away."
De Rossi retires as a midfield legend. He played for 18 Seasons - 17 at Roma, making 621 appearances while earning 117 caps for Italy.
He scored 64 goals and provided 54 assists during his career, which saw him win the greatest prize of all, the World Cup.
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