Former striker of Milan, Juventus and Italy Alessandro Matri has announced his retirement from professional football.
Matri experienced eight goalless games in the first half of the season during a loan spell at Brescia, and was released in January on a free transfer by Sassuolo.
The forward started his career at Milan but from 2007-2011 made his name at Cagliari, scoring 36 goals in 127 appearances.
“I can’t complain about how it went because I’m at the road’s end now. During my first six months with Brescia I came up with this idea,” the player told Sky Sport Italia. “I missed any feedback on the field and wasn’t feeling well. I no longer felt like playing football, and staying at a club where I can’t give what’s needed isn’t part of my character.”
He achieved success with Juve, earning three Serie A championships, but just one goal was a move back to Milan in 2015.
Matri continued on loan playing for Fiorentina, Genoa and Lazio. At the international stage he represented Italy, netting once in 7 caps.
“I can feel that I made my wishes come true,” he said. “I did not realize I would have had a career like that when I began, and then won three Scudetti.”