Former Inter captain Andrea Ranocchia has made the important decision to retire from football.
During the summer transfer window, the defender moved to Monza’s debutants from Inter, but a serious knee injury in the first match made him end the season, terminate his contract with Monza and “hang up his boots”.
The 34-year-old, through two videos on social networks, has announced the end of his career as a professional footballer.
“I know many of you have read the news of the termination of the contract with Monza, so I am here to explain everything to you. When I started playing football, almost 30 years ago, I started with a great passion.
It was my favorite thing to do. When I was a child, I never thought how far I could reach, but I was lucky enough to turn my passion into a profession.
I have been in contact with many people and I will keep many of these experiences within myself. I had the ability and the luck to go through every kind of experience and after many steps, after many moments, of all kinds, I was lucky to meet a coach, Pietro Montanelli, who discovered me as a defender and transformed me into the footballer I was until yesterday.
Conte? Antonio transformed me, he is a coach that changes the way of thinking, he turned me into a winning player. When Conte is no longer your coach, you are no longer the same footballer.
Thanks to all the coaches I’ve had, I’ve been thinking about you these days. For a year and a half, I have experienced a difficult period in terms of motivation, even since I was at Inter.
Monza gave me an opportunity, offered me a great contract and I took it. At one point I felt that there was nothing inside me and I started asking myself many questions.
Then there was that nasty injury in Napoli that would have kept me out for months. I reflected and considering that the leaders of Monza had a lot of faith in me, I felt it was right not to make fun of anyone.
Inside me I have nothing left to give. Galliani and I parted as friends. He is a gentleman and he understood me completely. Now I want to take some time to think about the future.
I will not return to play football, this is not what I want…”, declared Ranocchia.