Giuseppe Rossi announces retirement

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Blue striker announces retirement

Giuseppe “Pepito” Rossi, through a touching message on his social profiles, officially announced his intention to retire from playing soccer at the age of 36. “Today I announce my retirement from the most beautiful game of all. It has been an unforgettable journey! From running in the backyard as a child with a ball between my feet and having my father as my coach, to playing at the highest level of soccer possible, in the most beautiful stadiums this sport can offer and playing with and against the best players and clubs in the world.

I am eternally grateful to have been a part of this game. My dreams have come true. My life is fulfilled. All I ever wanted was to be the best player I could be. I have dedicated every ounce of me, shed blood, sweat and tears for this game. I can leave soccer in peace, knowing that I did everything I could to achieve my goals.

My journey has been unique. So many highs but also some lows. Those negative moments (mostly injuries) never stopped me. My goal was stronger than any obstacle that was put in front of me. I never stopped dreaming when things I could not control got in my way. I love soccer so much that I could never give up. That is why I am writing this post with a heavy heart but a big smile on my face-I am proud of what I have accomplished!

To my family … your sacrifices and endless support have given me the strength and courage to achieve things I thought were unattainable. Thank you,” this was the message from the blue striker.

Over the course of his career, Giuseppe Rossi has made 352 appearances and scored 130 goals. With the Italian national team, however, “Pepito” has clocked in seven times in 30 appearances.

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