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Former Espanyol striker Osvaldo quit football for beer, food and music

Former Espanyol striker Dani Osvaldo has revealed he quit the game for beer, food and music, rejecting a move to Sevilla in the process.

The 31-year-old had spells with Fiorentina, Roma, Southampton and Inter Milan, among other clubs, before returning to Argentina to feature for Boca Juniors.

However, an argument with coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto over smoking in the dressing room saw the striker called an end to his career in the professional game at the age of 30.

Various reports surfaced on the details of his decision which saw him reject numerous deals, including a move to Italian side Chievo and to La Liga giants Sevilla when Jorge Sampaoli was in charge.

Speaking to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Osvaldo revealed that his decision was focused on his love for beer, food and to focus on his music career.

“I decided to quit at Boca, there was too much gossip,” Osvaldo said. “I couldn’t go out, I was afraid of people. I couldn’t do it anymore. I had offers from China and clubs in the Champions League, but I was detached.

“I was beginning to hate what I had always loved. Football deserves respect, and I prefer asado [Argentinian barbecue] and beer to money.

“Do you want a laugh? In December 2016 [Jorge] Sampaoli contacted me, he was at Sevilla at the time.

“He said to me: ‘Dani, I’m not asking anything of you, you can do what you want on the pitch and off, but I need a striker’.

“I told him, ‘but boss, there’s the Cosquin Rock festival!’. He said: ‘I forgot! Go, of course, you can’t miss it’. Two crazy people!”

Osvaldo spent time in La Liga with Espanyol back in 2009, spending two years with the Catalan club in which he netted an impressive 21 goals in 46 games.

Signing for Southampton in 2013 for an estimated £12.8 million, he would score just three goals in two years in the Premier League.

Despite being born in Argentina, the striker represented Italy and made 14 international caps, scoring four goals in the process.

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