January 6, 2020 / 7:46 PM / 23 days ago

Boca Juniors' Italian midfielder De Rossi retires

Soccer Football - Daniele De Rossi announces his retirement from football with Boca Juniors - Casa Amarilla, Buenos Aires, Argentina - January 6, 2020 Daniele de Rossi during press conference REUTERS/Matias Baglietto

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Daniele De Rossi, the Italian midfielder who joined Boca Juniors last year after a career spent at AS Roma, announced his retirement from the game on Monday and said he will return home to spend more time with his family.

De Rossi, who won the World Cup with Italy in 2006, surprised colleagues and fans alike when he moved to Buenos Aires in July to play for a club he said he had always admired.

However, he was dogged by injury and made only seven appearances for the Argentine giants and scored one goal. The 36-year old told reporters he would take some time off before studying to become either a coach or director.

“I feel the need to get closer to my daughter and my family,” he said. “There’s nothing else behind this.”

Reporting by Ramiro Scandolo; writing by Andrew Downie; Editing by Ken Ferris

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