AS Roma Bid Farewell To One Of Its Greats

Daniele De Rossi will leave Roma at the end of the season after 18 years, during which he made 615 appearances and scored 63 goals in all competitions.

AS Roma confirmed in a statement that their last game of the season would be De Rossi’s last for the club.

The club added that the 35-year-old midfielder will continue his playing career elsewhere after leaving the club he joined as a teenager in 2000.

“We will all shed tears when he pulls on the Giallorossi (yellow-and-red) shirt for the last time against Parma but we respect his desire to prolong his playing career – even if, at almost 36, it will be away from Rome,” said club president James Pallotta.

“I’d like to thank Daniele for his incredible dedication to this club and ensure him that our doors will remain open for him to return to the club in a new role whenever he wants.”

De Rossi is a two-time Coppa Italia winner with Roma, winning it in 2007 and 2008, he is however without a Serie A title, his closest to the title was in 2010 when the Giallorossi led the table with four games to go but were displaced by Inter Milan.

The Roma academy graduate is also a World Cup winner with Italy in 2006 where they beat France on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

De Rossi made his debut in the 2001-02 season and is well known for his vision, eye for goal and also his aggression which saw him receive nine red cards throughout his stay at Roma.

“For 18 years, Daniele has been the beating heart of AS Roma’s team,” added Pallotta.

“From his debut in 2001 to taking on the responsibility of the captain’s armband, he always represented the Roma fans on the pitch with pride as he established himself as one of the best midfielders in Europe.”