Antonio Cassano might just be one of football’s last great playboys.
This is a man who had to stop eating foccacia to make Italy’s 2014 World Cup squad. A man who was fined for every gram he was over playing weight while at Real Madrid.
Now he’s a retired footballer. And he’s done it in the most Antonio Cassano way possible.
Cast your minds back to eight days ago.
Cassano, at the age of 35, was signing for Serie A side Verona- the latest in a long line of top flight adventures.
Sure, he was overweight. Sure, he’d not played a single minute of first-team football with Sampdoria last season.
This is Cassano. The same rules that apply for mere mortals don’t apply for Antonio.
Now back to the present.
Cassano, after just eight days as a Verona player, has decided he doesn’t want to be at the club anymore. In fact, he doesn’t want to play football full stop.
He’s decided the homesickness isn’t worth dealing with and has retired from the game, as reported by La Gazzetta dello Sport.
He retires with two Italian Super Cups, league titles in both Spain and Italy and a Serie A Young Footballer of the Year award in his trophy cabinet.
For a footballing maverick that isn’t too shabby.
UPDATE: Just four hours after retiring Cassano described his decisions as a ‘moment of weakness’ and said he’d continue playing.