Former Italy striker Giampaolo Pazzini has announced his retirement from football.
The 36-year-old played for Atalanta, Fiorentina, Sampdoria, Inter, Milan, Verona and Levante and was the first ever player to score in the new Wembley stadium with Italy U21 team in 2007.
Pazzini announced his retirement on Instagram.
"Ciao CALCIO," he wrote.
"It’s been over 30 years since we met... I was a child the first time I held a ball in my hands and since then you have become to me like an inseparable friend.
"I was just another kid, with a life ahead of me and a thousand dreams in the drawer, hoping to one day become a Serie A footballer.
"I watched the great champions on TV and with them I dreamed of the blue jersey of the national team, the magic of full stadiums and the Champions League; but I never thought that one day all this would become reality and that thanks to you I could live so many emotions.
"That child gradually grew up and thanks to you he realized all his dreams, one by one. You know what I say: ‘It was all even more beautiful than I imagined!’ But now we’ve come to our reckoning and it’s time to let you rest, I think it’s right.
"I could have continued to live a little more those feelings and emotions that only you can give me. Maybe yes. The child within me would have wanted to continue to do so, but the man tells me that the time has come to say goodbye also because I already know that I will miss all this even in 20, 30, 40 years, so: Thank you for everything!
Bergomi reveals which Tottenham player Inter should have signed
Beppe Bergomi has confirmed he will never return to Inter and has revealed which Tottenham player the Nerazzurri should have signed instead of Christian Eriksen.
Bergomi, a 1982 Italy World cup winner, is one of Inter’s most iconic players ever having played 757 games with the Nerazzurri. He is now working as a pundit on Sky Italia.
“I always say the same things: I have my team in my heart, but I work for a TV that lives on subscriptions,” he told Radio Nerazzurra.
“They do market researches, when you sign a contract you have to go there with your knowledge, being as impartial as possible.
“Even criticism is always made in a constructive way, it’s impossible to satisfy everyone. Last year I followed Atalanta, I had a great time but no one noticed it.
“If I’m talking about Inter and Juventus, there are problems, the company knows it but I know what’s in my heart.
"The last person who tried [to take me to Inter] was [Walter] Sabatini," Bergomi continued.
"I also told him about the misunderstandings of the past, which always arised from my work as a pundit.
“He finally told me there was no chance, so I made my peace. I am done with it. Giacinto Facchetti tried even more but there was nothing to do".
The former Italy defender suggested Christian Eriksen may have not been the best possible signing for the Nerazzurri.
“The system is having quite an impact on him. It can't be changed because it provides two strikers who are Inter's strenght.
"For me, Eriksen is a 'sub leader'", he continued.
"Someone who needs to feel involved otherwise he struggles. But honestly I would have taken Son or [Harry] Kane from Tottenham, not Eriksen. Son would do very well at Inter.
"When I was a footballer I had to deal with [Dennis] Bergkamp, the club asked me to help him to settle in.
"I was going out with him and his wife, I tried to teach him Italian but his wife learned it and he didn’t.
“If Eriksen proves to be fit, I’m the first one to be happy. Inter said it was a market opportunity, but did [Antonio] Conte wanted him? We’ll never know.”
Speaking about the past, Bergomi did also reveal the best players he played with and discussed the Calciopoli scandal.
“Ronaldo was the player with the fastest speed technique I’ve ever seen. We knew he was unmarkable. I’ve never seen a player like him. The strongest ever for me was [Lothar] Matthaus because he had that winning mentality, but Ronaldo was extraordinary.
“I did not live the Calciopoli years, but even in 1998 you could feel that something was not right in the system.
“Juventus were so strong that it could win even in a different way. I’ll stop here.”
Kane or Son, easier said than done! Eriksen was sold for 20mill on an expiring contract, Kane or Son would cost 150-200 mill each.