Former Inter, Roma and Italy defender Davide Santon has announced his retirement at the age of 31. This is due to chronic knee problems:
“I have to hang up my boots. It’s not because I haven’t had offers from other clubs, but because I can’t take it anymore after so many injuries. I didn’t want to do it, but I have to.
I have endless tests and consultations, but nothing can be done. I can walk, but that’s not enough to be a professional athlete. If I continue to practice, there is a risk that I will need prostheses.
There is simply no left knee. It stops me. As soon as I slightly strain my right knee, which was operated on three times, in which the cartilage was removed, the entire meniscus, it swells, it cannot be bent.
Santon is a graduate of Inter, with which he won the Champions League in 2010. The defender also played for Cesena, Newcastle and Roma. In 2009-2013 he played 8 matches for the Italian national team.