Ex-Roma player Davide Santon announces retirement

Andy Mattioli

Former Giallorossi defender Davide Santon – whose contract with Roma expired earlier in the summer – has announced his retirement due to fitness issues at the age of 31.

“I find myself forced to quit playing football,” the Italian fullback stated in a recent interview with TMW Radio. “My body, due to the numerous injuries I suffered over the years, can’t handle this sport anymore. I don’t want to retire, but I have to.”

“Last year – after being excluded from the team – I was constantly undergoing medical tests which unfortunately showed that I cannot continue. I can still walk using my own two legs but it’s not enough to play professional football,” Santon continued.

“If I have to play with the fear of hurting myself any further I don’t want to. I’ve played with that fear for many years. Over the last few years, playing football was not fun anymore: it was pain and suffering.”

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