Since August 2, 2009 the Spanish RCD opened the doors of its new stadium in Cornellà-El Prat, few footballers have raised as many passions among the Espanyolista parish in its new home as it did Paul Daniel Osvaldo (36 years old), retired from active football for more than a year and a half.
The Italian-Argentine attacker, a true soccer globetrotter, landed in Barcelona at only 23 years old and after having already defended the shirt of five teams –Hurricanewhere it began to stand out, Atalanta, Lecce, Fiorentina Y Bologna– Of the 13 in which he militated at the end of his long career.
Love at first sight
relegated by vaio frame Y Marcelo Zalayeta in Bologna, osvaldo was the one chosen by the blue and white technical secretariat to alleviate the lack of goals scored by the team led by Mauricio Pochettino. what of osvaldo with the Spanish It was love at first sight and in his first game as a starter, the one from Lanús gave his new team a point (1-1) against Majorca making the first of the seven goals he scored during his first six months as a parakeet.
In his second campaign, already as a player of the Spanish for all purposes after the Catalan club paid about five million euros to Bologna for your pass, osvaldo was uncovered with 13 goals and three assists and caught the attention of several teams with greater economic potential, being the Rome the one who finally put 16 million euros on the table to return the striker to Serie A.
Debut with ‘Azzurra’
His two seasons in the transalpine capital were no worse than the year and a half he spent in Barcelona, reaching his record scorer -17 goals in 2012/13- and absolute internationality with Italy from the hand of Luis Enriquewith which he coincided in his first course at ‘La Lupa’. Between his debut in October 2011 and 2014, osvaldo he played 14 games with the ‘Azzurra’, seeing the door on four occasions.
a fight with erik lamela for which he was harshly sanctioned, several incidents with the ‘giallorossi’ fans… Beyond his unquestionable quality and his goals, osvaldo also left behind Rome signs of his wayward character, which led him to be transferred in the summer to Southamptonwhere he met again Pochettino.
With the ‘saints’ he signed a four-year contract, although he only stayed six months at St Mary’s Stadium before being loaned consecutively to juventuswith which he raised the ‘Scudetto’ in 2014, Bury Y Boca Juniors.
“Before money, I prefer barbecue and beer”
The five months he spent in the Port Once your commitment to the Southampton were the last of the European adventure of osvaldowho returned to Mouth to play a handful of games before, at the age of 30, he announced his retirement, rejecting offers from China and Champions clubs: “Before money, I prefer barbecue and beer,” he declared in an interview with ‘La Gazzetta dello Sport‘ in 2016, the date from which he was able to dedicate himself to his other passion, Rock.
dani stoneas it is known in social networks, He threw himself fully into his career as a musician and formed the band ‘Barrio Viejo’, whose debut album entitled ‘Liberación’ was recorded in November 2016 in Barcelona. After three years inactive, he joined for a year at banfield in a ‘Last Dance‘ which was as quick as the blink of an eye, as he only ended up playing 62 minutes under Julius Caesar Falcioni before disassociating himself from the ‘Drill’ – apparently for not participating in the training arranged through ‘zoom‘ because of the pandemic – and the world of football once and for all.