Legendary defender to retire at end of season.
Former AC Milan defender Alessandro Nesta has hinted that he could look to become a Coach after he’s taken a break from the game.
The 37-year-old is set to see his contract with the Montreal Impact expire, and after two decades at the highest level his glittering playing career will come to an end.
Having won the World Cup in 2006, earned 78 caps for Italy and won numerous trophies with both Lazio and the Rossoneri, Nesta is looking forward to a break from the game for a year before returning with new ambitions.
“I’m very happy because my body is tired,” he said. “I think it’s time to finish.
“I’ve played for 20 years at a high level.
“I’ve been lucky as I won a lot of trophies. And this is the perfect time to say stop. I’ll start a new life with my family, another job.”
The former Italian international made his Serie A debut for the capital club back in 1994, before joining Milan in 2002 and spending a decade at San Siro ahead of his switch to the MLS.
“I’ll now go and live in Miami for a year where I want to learn new things. Once this sabbatical period is over then I want to become a Coach.
“I don’t know where that will be, but I will give it a go.”
With Milan struggling, Nesta’s former team-mates Clarence Seedorf, Pippo Inzaghi and Paolo Maldini have all recently been linked with a return to the club in various roles.
While he is expected to now spend a year away from football, it remains to be seen whether or not arguably one of the greatest defenders to play the game returns to Italy at some stage in the future.