Having once claimed that he retired from football to pursue a career in rock and roll, former Southampton talisman, Dani Osvaldo, has since offered another remarkable reason for leaving the game.
During a recent interview with Gazzetta dello Sport, the controversial forward spent no time beating around the bush, saying he prefers “beer and barbecue to money”.
The Italian became somewhat of a cult hero during his short time on the south coast, but certainly not for the right reasons.
Despite having the ability to turn a game on its head with the slightest of ease, Osvaldo will long be remembered for punching Southampton’s then club captain, Jose Fonte, and going down in history as one of the clubs greatest transfer flops.
Oh, and that goal against Manchester City.
After seeing his contract terminated at Southampton, Osvaldo went on to make seven appearances for Porto, before joining Boca Juniors in January 2016. Just four months later he saw yet another one of his contracts terminated, after being caught smoking in the changing room.
However, Osvaldo seems to have a rather different account of his time in Argentina, saying that he quit Boca as “There was too much gossip,”
With a track record of causing unrest at just about any club that he’s played for, you’d think that Osvaldo would have been starved of options in the footballing world, but this couldn’t be further from the truth.
“Do you want a laugh?” asked Osvaldo.
“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 Cosquín Rock festival!’. He said ‘I forgot! Go, of course, you can’t miss it’. Two crazy people!”