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Osvaldo has given the only acceptable reason for giving up football

The maverick reminds us how much of a legend he is

Playing football in return for loads of money.

To most of us it sounds like the perfect existence.

The life of a footballer seems pretty sweet, train in the morning, drive great cars and date incredible models.


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Look like a rockstar, feel like a rockstar

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Look like a rockstar, feel like a rockstar

But former Southampton striker Dani Osvaldo has given some of the only acceptable reasons for giving up a football career.

The self-professed fashion icon explained that he ditched kicking a ball to eat meat and drink beer.

I can see where he’s coming from.


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Osvaldo at Boca Juniors – minus the cigarettes

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Osvaldo at Boca Juniors – minus the cigarettes

Osvaldo, who also played for Juventus and Roma, added that during his time at Boca Juniors in Argentina he began to fall out of love with football.

His decision might have been made for him after he was sacked by Boca in May 2016 after reportedly being caught smoking in the dressing room by the manager.

He is now ‘focusing on his music career’. Right.

Dani loved his top knot

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Dani loved his top knot

In an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport Osvaldo sheds some light on some classic tales for the annals.

“Do you want a laugh? In December 2016 [Jorge] Sampaoli contacted me, he was at Sevilla at the time,” he told the Italian media outlet.

“He said to me: ‘Dani, I’m not asking anything of you, you can do what you want on the pitch and off, but I need a striker’.

“I told him ‘but boss, there’s the Cosquín Rock festival!’. He said ‘I forgot! Go, of course, you can’t miss it’. Two crazy people!”

Name a more iconic duo.

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Name a more iconic duo.

The colourful character also spoke about the famous clash he had with another fiery Italian Roberto Mancini which led to the striker leaving Inter.

“I threw a punch at him after that famous Juventus-Inter game – ‘Do you want a fight?’’ He said ‘Don’t tell me that in front of everyone’.

“If he hadn’t expelled me he’d have lost authority. Then I went to his office crying, I was ashamed. He’s a great Coach with a good character.”

Born in Argentina, chose Italy.

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Born in Argentina, chose Italy.

Osvaldo has never been one for the quiet life.

Keep turning it up to 11, Dani.