Dani Osvaldo has opened up on his retirement from football and says he wouldn’t want to have a life like Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi.
The former Boca Juniors, Juventus and Roma forward decided to retire in 2016 and pursue a career in rock music, claiming that ‘the world of football was no longer for him.’
And after explaining his choice to retire at such a young age, Osvaldo has now claimed that he would not like to have the same life as Lionel Messi.
“Would I like to be like Messi? No. I’d like to play like him, but he has no life. It’s as if he lives in a golden prison,” he told Marca.
“He couldn’t go somewhere and quietly drink something. Maybe he doesn’t care about it, but I do.
“I imagine him buying the biggest TV in the world, but then he’s never in his living room to use it.
“Failing that, he probably drives a Ferrari, knowing he lives 15 minutes away from the Barcelona’s training ground…”
A lot of Osvaldo’s football career will be remembered for a number of controversial incidents with fellow teammates and coaches.
During his time with Southampton in 2014, the striker faced a three-match ban and a hefty fine after a touchline bust up during a match against Newcastle. Weeks later he was given a two-week suspension after headbutting Jose Fonte at the club’s training ground.
Following his retirement, the Buenos-Aires born man formed a band called Barrio Viejo in Barcelona, along with some musicians he met during his time playing for Espanyol.
Osvaldo, 32, won the Serie A title with Juventus in 2014 whilst on loan from Southampton.