Former Italy attacker Antonio Cassano has announced his retirement from professional football a second time in the space of a week.
On a whirlwind day that saw reports of Cassano’s retirement followed up by Verona confirming his exit and an admission that he would be leaving but still play football, the 35-year-old has now claimed he will be hanging up his boots once and for all.
“Contrary to what appeared on my wife’s official profiles on social media, I would like to clarify the following,” began a second announcement he had penned on the Twitter account belonging to his wife, Carolina Marcialis.
“Carolina was wrong. After thinking and reflecting, in the end I decided: Antonio Cassano will not play football anymore.
“I apologise to the city of Verona, all the fans, President Maurizio Setti, sporting director Filippo Fusco and the Coach, plus the medical and technical staff.
“At the moment, my priority is to be with my children and wife.”
The ex-Roma and Sampdoria forward had only joined Verona on July 10 yet stated he would retire six days later, before going back on his word.