It is not for everyone to say goodbye twice. But for Daniele De Rossi the world of football will make an exception. At 36 years of age the ex Roma and national team midfielder leaves Boca Juniors, where he had arrived in July, and above all the football played and says goodbye to a piece of his life. For him, the decision, made primarily for family reasons, was certainly not easy. "I thought about it from October to November - he said today - and I didn't sleep many times at night. Leaving the football played for me was very difficult, but now I want to stay in this world and train". The penultimate 2006 world champion to quit (only Buffon remains of the 'survivors') has also established a record, on which, at a press conference, he also joked about: "It was strange: I was the first - he said smiling - to make medical visits already knowing that I would stop playing. " The reasons, as pointed out by Boca, were personal and certainly not related to alleged disagreements with someone in the club and in particular with the new management.
"Everyone welcomed me like a brother, and here I leave a part of my heart," said DDR, while the president of Boca explained that "we have to say goodbye to Daniele, but it is not for football reasons or for lack of affection. In this a short time I met a great human being and you just have to look him in the face to understand how honest he is ". In short, the reasons why De Rossi leaves Boca are familiar, the distance from the family and in particular from the eldest daughter Gaia, 14 years old, had by his first wife, who had been entrusted to his father and to whom the ex Romanist is very close ( shortly after saying goodbye to Rome, he took her on an award trip to London for school promotion).
"I don't want to go into detail - said the 2006 world champion - but my oldest daughter, from another marriage, remained in Italy and a girl needs her father to be close to her. In theory, she could be in danger and I have to get close. Here we are far away, flying 14 is not like going by car from Trigoria to my house. If I were 25 I would have decided differently, but this is ".
DDR is therefore also a champion as a father, because until not even a couple of months ago he still wanted to play in Boca, until December 2020, and he had confided it to an Italian Fifa agent, his friend, who had gone to visit him at the field of Boca training. But now he says goodbye to everyone, after 7 games and a goal (in the Argentinian Cup) with the shirt of Boca and six hundred and 16 (here is the magic number that has written his career and history) with the Rome of which he was captain not for a long time (before it was always the Future one, but there was Totti and rightly so) and flag for twenty years.
In Rome his father Alberto also played until spring. So, discarding the many offers that came to him from Serie A (starting with his friend Montella who would have wanted him to Fiorentina) and from Europe, he had decided to play "on the other side of the world", to wear a shirt he has always loved "because of Maradona and the charm of the Bombonera", that of Boca by his friend Burdisso.
Now for DDR a 'second life' could be opened in his beloved Rome. Having left the scene hand in hand to the dispute that accompanied James Pallotta around the world, De Rossi could return to Trigoria in another role: managerial or technical, perhaps taking the place of his father Alberto, the Roma Primavera guru who for more than 20 years he has shaped and won. Since he has already said that he would like to coach, many expect the Giallorossi club, especially if there will be a change of ownership, to offer him the bench of the main youth team, the one that his father has coached for so many years and that, it is said , now would like to leave. So who better than Daniele, to whom many predict a great future also as a coach. Meanwhile hello Boca, Gaia comes first of all: applause.