- Former Italy striker is rocking his life as a musician after retiring from football
- The ex-Juventus star has a history of controversies in his career
- The Argentina-born Italian played for top sides in Europe and South America
Former Italy international Dani Osvaldo retired from the game he love at 30 to become a rock star.
The ex-Southampton frontman now plays in with a band he formed with a bunch of musician friends he met in a bar called Barrio Viejo, when he signed for Espanyol in the city.
"I was 30 years old when I quit football," Osvaldo told SunSport ahead of a gig in Mr Robinson's, a popular bar in the heart of the city.
"And people say that's the age when a footballer reaches his peak.
"People just don't understand it, you know, they look at me like 'you're crazy. You had everything.
"You played in some of the best teams in the world and you decided just to quit to do this? You're nuts'. People don't understand. But it's my passion."
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Osvaldo has had a history of disciplinary problems in his dogged his football career. He was sacked by Argentina side Boca Juniors for a cheeky toke in the dressing room.
His career also took a nose dive in Southampton after 13 games and three goals when he had a training ground fight with teammate Jose Fonte.
He was loaned out to Juventus, where he subsequently won the Scudetto with Turin giants.
"There are so many many rules in football. So so many rules. And I'm not good with the rules. I like to be free," he said with a percussive burst of laughter, cigarette in one hand - Jack Daniels in the other.
"I am proud of my career and I owe everything to football. But in football you have to live a life that's not real.
"You have a price, a value. It's crazy. If you're good you're worth 50 million and if you're not good you're worth nothing.
"If you score a goal you are a God and if you don't you're a s***.
"The only thing that matters about you is Daniel Osvaldo the football player, but they don't give a sh.it if you're a good boy or not. Or if you have feelings.
"I didn't like that. I'm a sensitive person. I was tired. I was going crazy and I decided to live the musician's life instead.
"I left football and I don't feel heavy any more. I feel free and relaxed. I'm so happy now."
Osvaldo who has both the Italian and Argentine passports Barcelona star Lionel Messi is a close pal to Osvaldo and recently posed for a snap as a fan, holding up a Barrio Viejo disc.
"Leo is a lovely, lovely guy. He doesn't have to win the World Cup to be the best in the world - he IS the best in the world. The best in history? I don't like to make comparisons.
"But I think Maradona is the best ever. Diego is Diego for us. It's not just for the football. He's a rock star, he's crazy. I love him."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported Mario Balotelli has hit out at Italy's first ever black senator who is of Nigerian roots, Toni Iwobi, for his involvement with Matteo Salvini's far right Northern League party.
The ex-AC Milan striker believes the party used Iwobi to try to change the people's perception about not being racist.
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