Juventus great announces retirement, set to hang boots after current season

Juventus defender, Andrea Barzagli has decided to call it quits at the end of the season. The decision was made public after The Old Lady’s surprise loss to SPAL.

In the aftermath of Juve’s loss to SPAL, the veteran defender announced his decision to retire in an interview with Sky Sports Italia: “I thought about my future a lot and it is time. When you are a footballer you find it hard to think about the aftermath. Also because of the injuries, I decided to retire in June.

“I’m starting a journey understanding what I would like to do. What I will do? There is confusion, I am attracted to everything in the world of football. I will evaluate it.

“I have to understand what I am capable of doing. I have to be functional, I have to understand what interests me and if I know how to do it well, this is fundamental to undertake a new path.

“As a child, I dreamed of playing football. I always did it with great enthusiasm. I have to find something that gives me as much enthusiasm.”

Barzagli has had a distinguished career, forming one-third of Juve’s imposing defensive troika with Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini. Affectionately known as Wallzagli, the defender was plucked from Wolfsburg for a measly €300,000. Since then he has amassed 280 appearances for the Bianconeri, winning seven consecutive league titles and four Coppa Italias in the process.

The astute defender ability to read the game and make timely interventions made him a vital cog in Juve’s famed back three. However, he is on the wrong side of the 30s and after an injury-marred season which has restricted him to only three starts, the Italy international decided that enough was enough.