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'Messi has no life, he lives in a golden cage' - Osvaldo

8:15 AM MYT 25/09/2018
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The former Italy striker says he wouldn’t want to be like Lionel Messi after explaining his decision to retire

Dani Osvaldo has opened up on his retirement from football and says he wouldn’t want to have a life like Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi. 

The former Boca Juniors, Juventus and Roma forward decided to retire in 2016 and pursue a career in rock music, claiming that ‘the world of football was no longer for him.’

And after explaining his choice to retire at such a young age, Osvaldo has now claimed that he would not like to have the same life as Lionel Messi.

“Would I like to be like Messi? No. I’d like to play like him, but he has no life. It’s as if he lives in a golden prison,” he told Marca.

“He couldn’t go somewhere and quietly drink something. Maybe he doesn’t care about it, but I do.

“I imagine him buying the biggest TV in the world, but then he’s never in his living room to use it.

“Failing that, he probably drives a Ferrari, knowing he lives 15 minutes away from the Barcelona’s training ground…”

A lot of Osvaldo’s football career will be remembered for a number of controversial incidents with fellow teammates and coaches. 

During his time with Southampton in 2014, the striker faced a three-match ban and a hefty fine after a touchline bust up during a match against Newcastle. Weeks later he was given a two-week suspension after headbutting Jose Fonte at the club’s training ground.

Following his retirement, the Buenos-Aires born man formed a band called Barrio Viejo in Barcelona, along with some musicians he met during his time playing for Espanyol.

Osvaldo, 32, won the Serie A title with Juventus in 2014 whilst on loan from Southampton.