Four years after then Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino spalshed a then-club record £15m on him in 2013, Dani Osvaldo retired from football last summer having been a free agent for three months following his release from Boca Juniors.
He had told Boca he was leaving in order to pursue a career in rock and roll, prefering a simple life of beer and barbeque to football’s fat pay cheques.
A year on after making that decision, the Argentine insists he has no regrets making the decision to retire at the age of 30.
“I decided to quit at Boca, there was too much gossip,” Osvaldo told Gazzetta dello Sport.
“I couldn’t go out, I was afraid of people. I couldn’t do it anymore. I had offers from China and clubs in the Champions League, but I was detached.
“I was beginning to hate what I’d always loved. Football deserves respect, and I prefer asado [Argentine barbecue] and beer to money.”
Osvaldo also revealed his bizarre reason for not joining Jorge Sampaoli’s Sevilla last December.
“Do you want a laugh?” Osvaldo began. “In December 2016 Sampaoli contacted me, he was at Sevilla at the time.
“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.”