Remember Dani Osvaldo? Of course you do. How could anyone forget?
He hung up his boots in 2016 to pursue a career as a rockstar, but it seems he could be back in professional football before too long.
Southampton signed him under Mauricio Pochettino for £15 million from AS Roma, but a catalogue of controversial moments – assaulting a Newcastle United coach, assaulting Jose Fonte in training, and more – saw him offloaded.
After failed loan spells and dismal tenures back in Italy and in Portugal, Osvaldo sought a change and decided to channel his passion for music, calling time on his career as a professional footballer.
However, at 33-years-old, he could be back in business. According to Argentine outlet Ole, as reported by Tribal Football, Osvaldo is open to joining Gimnasia, who recently appointed the iconic Diego Maradona as their head coach.
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Well, that’d be a lively partnership, wouldn’t it? Osvaldo was Southampton’s club-record signing upon his arrival, and while he possessed undeniable quality – see his wondergoal against Manchester City below – he simply didn’t quite have the mindset to thrive at the top.
YouTube: Amazing goal by Osvaldo against Manchester city
It doesn’t seem as though his rock career has entirely gone to plan, but fear not, he’s keeping busy. Earlier this year, he featured on television show Ballando Con Le Stelle, which is, by the looks of things, Italy’s answer to Strictly Come Dancing.
Osvaldo’s clearly still in decent shape and fancies himself to flourish again in the top tier of Argentina if Ole’s report is to be believed.
He’ll always be a memorable figure for me at Southampton; not just for his frankly ludicrous antics off the pitch, but for that goal against City alone.
Is he our biggest flop ever? You’d be hard-pressed to find a signing that’s gone quite as badly, given that within the space of around three years, he resorted to a different career entirely.
But I’d argue we’ve had worse since Osvaldo – at least he was clearly gifted. As for signings such as Mohamed Elyounoussi, Guido Carrillo and others since, it’s difficult to say the same…