CASSANO CONTEMPLATED QUITTING

AC Milan striker Antonio Cassano has revealed that he considered retiring from football.

Last Updated: 16/05/12 at 11:42 Post Comment

Antonio Cassano: Had thought about quitting

Antonio Cassano: Had thought about quitting

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

AC Milan striker Antonio Cassano has revealed that he considered retiring from football during his six-month absence from the game.

The Italy international returned to action last month following a lengthy spell on the sidelines after undergoing minor heart surgery.

"I was optimistic after the operation" Cassano said to Italian magazine Chi. "But when I saw (Vigor) Bovolenta and (Piermario) Morosini suddenly die during games, I wanted to quit."

Italian volleyball player Bovolenta collapsed and died during a league match in March while Livorno midfielder Morosini suffered a cardiac arrest and died during his team's Serie B game at Pescara just one month later.

"I was in shock," Cassano said. "I was incapable of making any decisions.

"My wife was worried as I just sat on the couch and stared at the wall.

"I wanted to finish with football.

"I would say: 'I'm done here. I'm gambling with my life.'

"But when the doctors told me I could go back to playing again, I cried."

The 29-year-old Cassano was given the all clear by a 10-man committee of experts to resume playing on April 4 and made his return days later in Milan's 2-1 win over Fiorentina.

"I will never forget the moment I returned to the field and (Milan) coach Massimiliano Allegri told me to get ready," he said.

"My legs were trembling as never before, not even when I made my Serie A debut.

"I was coming back to life and I felt like the happiest man in the world."

Cassano, who was Italy's top scorer in qualifying with six goals, was included in Cesare Prandelli's preliminary squad for Euro 2012 and is set to lead the Azzurri forward this summer.

"Prandelli always put his faith in me and never let me go," he said. "Now the Euros are coming up and I am ready.

"We hope to do well."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

t's a bloody good goal, though. Sh!t, the kid's gonna be the worlds best before we know it, isn't he? He's got the touch of genius in him. Like Neymar, but with muscles and stuff. He's doing a Ronaldo as we watch. He's bulked up to be able to ride the tackles, but he's improved technically as well. His touch is sublime. Bugger.

HarryBoulton
WATCH: Hazard's stunning goal

A

hhh, Jose arguing with another managers wife, clearest sign yet that we are going mental during the close season. I am rocking back and forth on my haunches.

hump3.
Jose hits back at Rafa's wife

I

t's only a matter of time before one of them throws in a yo mamma

lee
Jose hits back at Rafa's wife

Footer 365

Manchester United's Angel Di Maria close to PSG switch

Laurent Blanc claims Paris Saint-Germain are close to completing the signing of Manchester United midfielder Angel Di Maria.

Liverpool suffer blow to hopes of signing Illarramendi

Midfielder Asier Illarramendi has reportedly turned down the chance to join Liverpool after being given assurances about his Real Madrid future.

Man Utd 0-2 PSG: Zlatan Ibrahimovic inspires win

Manchester United were denied a fourth consecutive pre-season victory as they slipped to a 2-0 defeat to PSG in Chicago.

Mail Box

Mails: This Is My Perfect Moment

Lots of Mailboxers channel their inner Martine McCutcheon to bring you their perfect footballing moments. Plus thoughts on Blatter, names, and Chelsea worries...

Mails: Let's Talk About Jose's Failures...

We don't talk about them because Chelsea won the title...but imagine if LVG or Brendan Rodgers had signed Juan Cuadrado. Plus, a trawl through the squads...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company