Southampton fans probably remember Dani Osvaldo as the £14.6 million flop who delivered just three goals in 13 appearances before leaving under something of a cloud after starting a fight and head-butting club captain Jose Fonte.
However, Saints supporters could soon be hearing more from the one-time Italy international striker after the 30-year-old announced he had retired from football to pursue a career in music.
According to a report from the Southern Daily Echo, which cites quotes translated from Italian broadcaster Rai Sport, Osvaldo had the opportunity to resurrect his playing career in Italy this season but decided against it.
The Argentina-born striker, who turned out for Roma, Juventus, inter Milan and Porto was most recently with Boca Juniors back in his homeland, where his contract was cut short for what the club described as “disciplinary reasons.”
But after failing to rediscover the form that first convinced Southampton to stump up the cash for a big money move back in 2013, it would appear he is turning his back on the game.
This comes despite Serie A side Chievo Verona offering Osvaldo a route back into football on a short-term deal.
He will now look to focus on his music which, as the clip below suggests, definitely needs some work.
It’s not too late to change your mind, Dani.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.