Roma defender Federico Balzaretti has announced his retirement from football after failing to recover from a long-term hip injury.
Federico Balzaretti has made only one competitive appearance for Roma since November 2013 after suffering a injury that saw him operated on in the USA.
After a lengthy absence Federico Balzaretti returned to fitness and after being unused as a substitute in nine matches, he featured for a full 90 minutes in Roma’s 2-1 final day loss against Parma in 2014-15 season.
However, the full-back has now been forced to call time on his playing days and is set to take up a role working under Roma sporting director Walter Sabatini.
“I am retiring from football,” he said at a press conference. “Unfortunately the injury I’ve had is forcing me to hang up my boots. It’s been a difficult decision to take, but I can’t continue playing the way I want to, at 100 per cent.
“Last year, in my last news conference here, I said I wanted to get back on the field and play one more match for Roma.
“I managed to play 90 more minutes with Roma and I’d like to thank everyone here for making that last dream come true.
“I’m happy to have spent the last few months of the season with this group and am delighted we secured second place.”
Federico Balzaretti started his professional career with Torino and also wore the jerseys of Varese, Siena, Juventus, Fiorentina and Palermo before joining Roma in 2012.