Udinese striker Antonio Di Natale has revealed that he will retire at the end of the season.
Speaking after his side’s 3-1 Serie A defeat to Verona on Monday, the 36-year-old announced that he will call time on his illustrious career, which has seen him become one of the most revered strikers in the Italian game.
Di Natale told Sky Italia:
“I’ve already decided what to do in June. I spoke with my family and my agent and for me it ends here. I will retire.”
The Udinese legend added that he the recent criticism of his performance had started to get to him:
“It does hurt, because I’ve scored more goals for Udinese than I’ve gone out for dinner with my wife. I care about Udinese, as this club is like my family.”
In 359 games in all competition, Di Natale has scored 182 goals for Udinese. The hitman also scored 11 times for Italy in 42 caps appearances.
Here is a look back at some of the most memorable goals that Di Natale scored in an illustrious career: