According to CBC sports, MLS‘ leading goal scorer and Montreal Impact‘s star player Marco Di Vaio is contemplating retirement at the end of the season. If Di Vaio does decide to retire, Montreal would have a serious hole to fill.
Di Vaio missed time earlier this season to head back home due to family issues, and currently his wife and kids are back in his native Italy.
“If my family was here it would be different, I’d play another year for sure,” he told CBC Sports.
Sometimes in society, including professional athletes, people are forced to decide family or their careers. While it does not seem clear what the specific family illness is, Di Vaio seems torn between playing in the MLS and being far away from his family. His contract with Montreal has an option for the 2014 season, but it may be awhile until Di Vaio makes his final decision.
This is going to be a tough decision for Di Vaio. He will have to chose between two things he loves — soccer and family — and one will have to take priority over the other. If he decides to head back to Italy, there is a possibility he could play soccer in Italy.
For Montreal, Di Vaio’s departure is understandable, but it will leave a big offensive void. Di Vaio leads MLS with 17 goals and has been their sure go-to guy on offense this season. With Di Vaio’s looming exit back to Italy, this season is their only year to win the championship.
Di Vaio has an important decision to make regarding his soccer future, and Montreal needs to win this season because of his possible retirement. If they don’t , it will be years again until they get results like they have been this season.