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Argentina: De Rossi debuts at Boca Juniors after 18 years at Roma 02:52

Argentina: De Rossi debuts at Boca Juniors after 18 years at Roma

Argentina, Buenos Aires
July 30, 2019 at 00:59 GMT -00:00 · Published

Italian professional footballer Daniele De Rossi was presented as the newest addition to the Buenos Aires football club Boca Juniors in a ceremony on Monday.

The 36-year-old De Rossi was presented with his Boca jersey by the club’s president Daniel Angelici.

"The goal is to always win the Libertadores [cup]," said the midfielder addressing the attendees in the presentation ceremony.

De Rossi praised Boca fans for their warm reception upon his arrival in Buenos Aires saying, "It is very nice to see the fans coming to the airport at six in the morning."

The Italian said he had joined Boca out of his admiration for the legendary Diego Maradona who had played for Boca during the 1981 season and had later reached the peak of his career in Italy’s Napoli.

"You cannot fall in love with a player like Maradona and then be a fan of another team," said De Rossi.

After an 18-year career with Italy's capital team Roma, De Rossi joined Boca on July 26 with a one-year contract.

Argentina: De Rossi debuts at Boca Juniors after 18 years at Roma 02:52
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Italian professional footballer Daniele De Rossi was presented as the newest addition to the Buenos Aires football club Boca Juniors in a ceremony on Monday.

The 36-year-old De Rossi was presented with his Boca jersey by the club’s president Daniel Angelici.

"The goal is to always win the Libertadores [cup]," said the midfielder addressing the attendees in the presentation ceremony.

De Rossi praised Boca fans for their warm reception upon his arrival in Buenos Aires saying, "It is very nice to see the fans coming to the airport at six in the morning."

The Italian said he had joined Boca out of his admiration for the legendary Diego Maradona who had played for Boca during the 1981 season and had later reached the peak of his career in Italy’s Napoli.

"You cannot fall in love with a player like Maradona and then be a fan of another team," said De Rossi.

After an 18-year career with Italy's capital team Roma, De Rossi joined Boca on July 26 with a one-year contract.

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