Daniele De Rossi is a special man. Destined to become the next captain of the Nazionale thanks to the imminent goodbyes of Gianluigi Buffon and Andrea Pirlo from the team after the World Cup, the 30-year-old has already become a legendary figure of Italian soccer.
Out of his many achievements, he is seven games away from reaching 100 international caps with the Azzurri, an honor that only five Italians in history have been able to accomplish so far: Buffon (138), Fabio Cannavaro (136), Paolo Maldini (126), Dino Zoff (112), and Pirlo (107).
In addition to the fact that he is the second top-scorer midfielder in Nazionale’s history with 15 goals behind only Sandro Mazzola and most importantly was a highly relevant member of the group that won the 2006 World Cup, De Rossi has earned all the merits to enter the Italian soccer Olympus.
His great prestige is also a result from his extremely strong attachment to his team’s colors, Roma, that he has always prioritized significantly more than any economic aspect even when he was poorly treated by the corporate executives of the club.
For him, the current season represents an authentic redemption considering that he has become, once again, a true leader for the Giallorossi who are now fighting for the Serie A title against their very much hated Juventus. For the capitan-futuro, the desired Scudetto hasn’t arrived yet despite 12 years of high level performances in the league.
For sure, winning the title with Roma would be the most deserved prize for a player that, in today’s soccer world, represents a unique exception for being not-economically driven. As he even confessed to Corriere dello Sport, he is very thankful for having made the choice not to join Manchester City in the past as he would now be tempted to commit suicide from seeing his team fight for the league title without him.
As far as trophies are concerned, only time will determine whether or not De Rossi made the right choice by always staying at Roma. However, from the professional and moral perspective, there is no doubt that he will always be a great example to follow as he has taught that success is not only limited to the amount of titles won. It’s a much bigger concept that is hardly ever understood by the common opinion.