The Italian international forward who played in La Liga, Premier League, and Seria A, is currently the lead singer of a band and he claims he quit football in 2016 so he could eat more grill sustenance (Barbeque) and drink more beer.
The 31-year-old striker scored four goals in 14 appearances for Italy and three of in 13 caps amid an unsuccessful spell with EPL side Southampton in 2013, in the wake of arriving for £13m. He returned to Italy in 2014, on loan at Juventus, after a training ground beat down with the Saints captain at the time, Jose Fonte.
He at that point had several spells at Inter Milan, Porto, and Boca Juniors, but he had his contract ended in Argentina in the wake of being found smoking in the locker room in May 2016.
He announced his retirement three months after growing speculation of joining Seria A side Chievo.
Osvaldo told ‘La Gazzetta dello Sport‘: “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 had always loved.
“Football deserves respect, and I prefer asado [Argentinian barbecue] and beer to money.”
The former Italy international also revealed he had an offer to play for Sevilla last year but rejected it because his band was scheduled to play at a festival.
‘Do you want a laugh? In December 2016 [Jorge] Sampaoli contacted me, he was at Sevilla at the time,’ Osvaldo recalled.
“I told him ‘but the boss, there’s the Cosquin Rock festival!’. He said ‘I forgot! Go, of course, you can’t miss it’. Two crazy people!”
I guess that’s one way to get out of signing for a club!
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