Claudio Marchisio admits he regrets not winning the Champions League and Euro 2012 with Juventus and Italy after retiring from football.
Marchisio took to the Press room at Juventus Stadium on Thursday afternoon to confirm he had hung up his boots, and the 33-year-old lifted the lid on what it was like to make his ‘dream’ of playing for the Old Lady come true.
“I’ve decided to retire. And it was right to announce it at an important place that’s special to me,” he explained.
“My family taught me not to be afraid of the future. I still don’t know what I’ll do. I’ve never considered situations in Italy other than Juventus.
“My regret is not having won the Champions League with Juventus and the European Championship with the national team.
“My dream came true when the train for Juve’s first team approached. The farewell I received here at the Stadium a year ago was a beautiful feeling.
“I’d like to replay the Final in Berlin, the one against Barcelona. As for the future, I won’t rule anything out. I need time to think things over.”
“I think the most important thing for a player is the responsibility they have. They have the responsibility of also being role models off the field.
“Each player is different to the other. Over time, I’ve seen that my voice was also needed off the pitch and I've never been afraid to take a stand.
“We mustn’t be afraid. Footballers must be brave in this environment.”
The midfielder was a Derby d’Italia regular but will watch Sunday’s showdown at San Siro as a spectator.
“It won’t be strange to watch Inter-Juve from afar,” he continued.
“I’m eager to watch it like everyone else. Conte aside, Inter are a good team and it’ll be a good match, which Juve must contest.
“As a Juventus fan, I can't wait to see them win.”
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