Dani Osvaldo’s career has never been conventional and while many may have predicted that the Copa Libertadores clash against Nacional may have been his last for Boca Juniors, few would have predicted it was his last as a professional footballer.
However, the 30-year-old footballing nomad has reportedly decided to call time on his playing days after rejecting a transfer deadline day offer from Chievo Verona and instead focus on his music.
Osvaldo hasn’t played since Boca Juniors’ 1-1 draw in Montevideo against Nacional in May, where upset over his lack of playing time he sparked up a cigarette in the dressing room in front of coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto. This proved to be his final act at the club he professed his love for when signing and he has been a free-agent since shortly after when the club decided to end his contract.
A move to French club Rennes fell through earlier in the window and according to La Gazzetta dello Sport, ChievoVerona made a late bid for the striker only to learn that he is following his passion for music.
Dani Osvaldo has apparently retired from football ‘to concentrate on his music’. The good thing about rock is you can smoke in dressing room
— Daniel Edwards (@DanEdwardsGoal) August 31, 2016
This is yet to be confirmed by Osvaldo but the number of possible destinations for a player who is surely eyed with extreme caution by clubs appears to be dwindling.
Thirteen moves in a career of eleven years speaks volumes of Osvaldo’s inability to keep himself out of trouble and while Boca are the most recent casualties, Southampton undoubtedly paid the biggest price. The Premier League club paid a club record amount in excess of €15 million euros only for the volatile striker to assault teammate José Fonte at the training ground and ultimately have his contract terminated having played just 13 times for the Saints.
If Osvaldo has indeed turned his back on offers in this window, whether by his own choice or not, his football career maybe over. Judging by how he spent his free time in Buenos Aires, Dani Stone already appears to have made the switch to rock n roll.