Like a transfer from the imaginary world of a computer game, former Roma captain Daniele de Rossi finally confirmed his highly anticipated move to Boca Juniors on Friday rejecting the financial lure of the United States or China for the opportunity to fulfil a dream.
An almost 20-year career spent exclusively at Roma, the World Cup winner stated back in May that he still wanted to play football despite the Giallorossi not renewing his contract this summer and despite celebrating his 36th birthday this week, De Rossi signed a deal until 2021 at La Bombonera.
Supporters eagerly awaiting the Italian’s arrival tracked De Rossi’s flight in order to descend on Ezeiza airport to provide a welcome party and with Buenos Aires’ and Boca’s roots firmly in Italy, the veteran should have little trouble settling away from the pitch.
Completing a swift medical upon arrival, De Rossi trained with his new teammates on Friday morning before putting pen to paper and confirming the transfer on Boca’s official Twitter.
“My heart is Roma, but I’ve really liked Boca since I was a boy,” De Rossi said, repeating a previously stated opinion that had created a glimmer of hope that this transfer would one day materialise.
“For [Diego] Maradona, for the stadium, because I love the stadium, I love the fans, who are passionate.
“It’s a club founded by Italians that has made me feel at home, a big club, one you can believe in.
“I’d love to go to America, but to climb those stairs, go out into the Bombonera with the Boca players… that would be a pleasure.
“The most important thing in life is to be able to achieve all your dreams. Thank you, Boca.”
— Boca Jrs. Oficial (@BocaJrsOficial) July 26, 2019