Boca Juniors have completed the signing of World Cup winner Daniele De Rossi on a free transfer .
The 36-year-old Italian midfielder recently ended a nearly two-decade association with his boyhood club AS Roma.
It was expected De Rossi, who lifted three major honours whilst representing the Giallorossi, would either move to MLS or hang up his boots but, instead, he decided to fulfill a dream.
Having been a long-time admirer of Argentina’s most decorated side, the Roman wished to don the Blue and Gold and the presence of former teammate, Nicolás Burdisso, as their sporting director made this a strong possibility.
Such a transfer, which has seen De Rossi reportedly sign a deal until March 2020, has captured the imagination as it’s rare to see a player leave a big European team for South American football, with Boca manager Gustavo Alfaro, in particular, excited to welcome him, especially given the level of experience he’ll bring.
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“He will bring experience and hierarchy,” he told reporters.
“We want him to provide his hunger to win. He will arrive on Thursday and we will see how he is physically.
“We are adding a player that has a huge career and we want him to be one more in this group, that he dreams of winning everything with Boca.”
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— Boca Jrs. Oficial (@BocaJrsOficial) July 25, 2019
De Rossi’s journey: Five key things to know…
- Came through at AS Roma where he made 616 official appearances, registering 63 goals.
- Only the legendary Francesco Totti (786) has played more for the Giallorossi.
- De Rossi, unlike Totti, would never taste league glory but lifted two Coppa Italia titles.
- His biggest success came as part of Italy’s last World Cup-winning squad (2006).
- Any hopes of De Rossi finishing his career as a one-club man ended with him joining Boca.