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Name Daniele De Rossi
Gender Male
Ethnic Italian
Job Italian Footballer
  As Roma Captain


Org Italy National Team
Club as Player Boca Juniors
  As Roma

2015 05 08 Retrieve

[Daniele de Rossi on Steven Gerrard] Gerrard has been my idol for 10 years and is one of the best players in the world. He is the example of what all midfield players aspire to. He is always there in the heat of the battle, leading by example. He is everywhere you look - in defence, in the middle of the pitch and in attack. I would love to be close to that level

2016 03 09 Retrieve

[on Francesco Totti] As a boy, I was ecstatic just to see him play. At 38, he still does amazing things on the pitch. I think I’m destined to be ‘Captain Future’ forever – he is the all-time captain

2016 05 07 Retrieve

[Roma and Italy midfielder Daniele De Rossi revealed his favourite destinations] I put Glasgow in the top three as representatives of the Celtic culture, which I love. I saw it with the Nazionale, albeit for a brief spell. Between the stadium and the hotel I experienced only a few bits of the city, but it remained in my mind. These [New York and Glasgow] are places I’d really like to go back to so I can get deeper into them, as they deserve

2016 08 05 Retrieve

[2006 FIFA World Cup winner Daniele de Rossi hinted this could be his final season with AS Roma during the Italian side’s tour of the United States] The contract? I’m calm, because I’m not thinking whether or not it will be my last year of the contract. These are conversations that I must have with my family, sooner or later I’ll have to think about it, but not now. But it could also be the last season, so why not make it the most beautiful of my career? Now I have to forget about it. My goal is to have a great season. I do not think now about what I will do, a mature player must be in step with his physique and every decision we’ll take will be taken with clear thought

2016 08 20 Retrieve

[Daniele de Rossi tells about his decision to spend his whole career with Roma] It’s all about ambitions. Money is not something that can move me from Rome to Chelsea because I will get money in Chelsea. I get money in Rome, so that’s not a difference – at another team I can get more money but this [extra] amount doesn’t matter. What’s more ambitious, a player who wants to win the Champions League in Real Madrid, or one who wants to win the league in Rome? Roma never won a lot of titles. In 90 years, we won three. It’s been hard. I think a great ambition could be also to try to win something nobody ever won. It’s more difficult

2016 10 08 Retrieve

[Daniele De Rossi is in forgiving mood when reflecting on Gianluigi Buffon’s uncharacteristic error against Spain in Russia 2018 qualifying] The best goalkeeper in history can make mistakes too, otherwise he’d be a machine. I’d have preferred he made a mistake for Juventus rather than Italy, but you can’t have everything!

2017 04 29 Retrieve

[Daniele De Rossi speaks about a pet peeve of his with today’s youth culture] When I see them do live Instagram videos from inside the locker room before a game, I’d like to take a baseball bat to their teeth. But they’re 18 years old, and in 20 years’ time, they will find themselves complaining about the youth of today

2017 07 29 Retrieve

[Daniele De Rossi talks about what it will be like playing without long-time team-mate Francesco Totti, who finished his career with the club after last season] I always feel him, he will never be on his own. But we have to move on, he will face a new situation and we will also go forward, it’s nothing problematic, although things will be different without him. He’s a great friend

2017 10 28 Retrieve

[Daniele de Rossi talks about Gianluigi Buffon’s achievements] When Gigi Buffon made his debut for the national team, I was 14 years old. At the time I was already playing for Roma, but not with the national team. I made my debut for the national youth teams at 16. It was a dream, something very difficult to achieve, but fortunately I’ve been able to achieve it for many years. It seems to me that I’ve done something incredible, never mind Gigi who’s been doing it for 20 years. The national was and is something unique for a player, and what Gigi has done will remain unrepeatable forever

2019 08 03 Retrieve

[Daniele De Rossi completes his move to Boca Juniors after spending 18 years with AS Roma] If you love football, if you like great stadiums full of passion, no-one should deny themselves an experience like this. My aim is the same as Boca’s … to win the Libertadores, win the league. From what I’ve heard it’s to win everything

2019 08 19 Retrieve

[Daniele De Rossi claims win on league debut with Boca Juniors] Being 36 years old and changing everything at once was something that could scare me, but this place stimulates me. I asked myself many times. I lived for 20 years in a country where football is lived 24 hours a day. I could have chosen a much quieter place to relax, but I only know one way: seriousness, and then I chose to come to a place with the craziest fans in football

[The former Italy international was also clearly looking forward to making his debut at La Bombonera] These days I think I want to be inside this stadium, to know deeply what it means. The reception at the airport was incredible. I can’t thank you enough other than by doing my job as seriously as I can. I have to be serious to show that we all made a good choice