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Andrea Barzagli: ‘I retired because….’

August 15, 2019

Former Juventus centre-back Andrea Barzagli explained his reasons for retiring from football and his plans for the future.

The 38-year-old retired at the end of last season and was initially touted to become part of coach Maurizio Sarri’s backroom staff.

“I decided to retire because I felt I’d given everything I had to give,” he told L’Ultimo Uomo.

“Physically I was not as good as I was in the past, but it’s not just that. Above all, I’d reached a mental limit.

“I felt I was no longer able to guarantee the levels of performance I was once able to, and it bothered me.

“I’ve often heard that once you’ve stopped playing, you can lose your adrenaline, but I honestly feel very good.

“I went through my entire career with such intensity that now, I don’t feel like I’m missing anything. I feel reborn as a person.

“I’ve been spending a lot of time with my family and I won’t hide that I’d have liked to stay with them when it was time to go on preseason camps.”

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