Former Italy international Massimo Oddo has announced his retirement from football at the age of 35.
The experienced defender spent last season on loan at Lecce from AC Milan and his contract with the Rossoneri has expired in the meantime.
Rather than looking for a new challenge, just like several of his veteran teammates, Oddo decided to call it quits on what was a very successful career.
“I leave football,” Oddo told radio station Radio Mana Mana. “When you reach a certain age, you face a crossroad.
“I am studying to become a coach but I am more attracted to working behind a desk, like a sporting director. That would be my dream.”
Oddo started his professional career at Milan in 1993, but spent next six years playing for various lower division sides and left the Rossoneri in 1999 without making a single Serie A appearance for the Italian giants.
He then enjoyed spells with Napoli, Verona and Lazio, before returning to San Siro in 2007.
The highly rated full-back amassed 34 appearances for the national team and was a member of the 2006 World Cup winning squad.
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