2006 World Cup winner and club legend to leave at end of season

AS Roma legend and World Cup winner with Italy in 2006, veteran midfielder Daniele de Rossi will leave the Italian side at the end of the season, as per an official announcement from the club on Tuesday.

With that, the 35-year-old will be putting an end to his 19-year old career with Romans, with whom he signed in 2000 from his hometown club Ostia Mare as a 16-year old.

Overall, De Rossi has made 615 appearances for AS Roma across various domestic and continental competitions, and has also scored 63 goals for them. His final game for the club will be against Parma on Sunday, 26th May – which is also Roma’s last game of the season.

“Roma and I chose each other,” De Rossi said, when asked about his club. “There is a lot of love between us, both now and in the future – even if it will be in another form.”

“Looking back, some specific moments I would change,” he added. “But overall, I wouldn’t change anything about staying loyal to this team. If I had a magic wand, I would have put a few more trophies on the mantelpiece,” he signed off. De Rossi won the Coppa Italia in 2007 and 2008, as well as the Supercoppa in 2007 with Roma.

“We will all shed tears when he pulls on the Giallorossi shirt for the last time against Parma but we respect his desire to prolong his playing career – even if, at almost 36, it will be away from Rome. On behalf of everyone at Roma, I’d like to thank De Rossi for his incredible dedication to this club and ensure him that our doors will remain open for him to return to the club in a new role whenever he wants,” said Roma president Jim Pallotta.