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Official: Antonio Cassano announces retirement

GENOA, ITALY - MAY 30: Former Roma's football player Antonio Cassano during the 'Partita Del Cuore' Charity Match at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on May 30, 2018 in Genoa, Italy. (Photo by Paolo Rattini/Getty Images)
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The veteran Italian footballer has retired three times during the last year after failing to play consistently

For the third time in one year, veteran Italian footballer Antonio Cassano has announced his retirement.

The 36-year-old forward has played for the world’s biggest teams, with spells at Roma, Real Madrid, AC Milan, and Internazionale Milan.

His first retirement came just eight days after he joined Hellas Verona in July 2017. The same day he retired he chose to come back, but then retired again on July 24.

In August of this year he decided to play football again, training with Italian Lega Serie C club Virtus Entella, but after just 7 days, he decided to hang up his boots for good.

“The day has come, the day when you decide it really is over. I thank President Gozzi and the Entella lads for the opportunity they allowed me. I wish them all the best,” he was quoted by Football Italia.

“However, over the last few days of training, I realized that I no longer have the mentality to train consistently. In order to play football, you need passion and talent, but above all determination and at this moment I have other priorities.”

“I want to thank all the friends and teammates I worked with over the years, the opponents, the Coaches, and directors,” he added.

“Above all, I want to salute the fans, those on my side and in opposition, because without them football would not exist.”

“Football has given me so much. It allowed me to meet magnificent people, great champions and common folk. It took me off the street, gave me a marvelous family and above all allowed me to have so much fun,” he explained.