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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Beyond The Pitch: From Ball Boy to World Cup Champion, Fabio Cannavaro Retires

Italian footballer Fabio Cannavaro, captain of the 2006 World Cup winning team presents the world cup trophy prior to the 2010 FIFA football World Cup final between the Netherlands and Spain on July 11, 2010 at Soccer City stadium in Soweto, suburban Johannesburg.
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With the FIFA World Cup trophy in South Africa and the smile
seen around the world.

"Football is my life and therefore I'm very sorry but my knee can't hold up anymore and I announce my retirement. I'm sad but surely can't complain. From this sport, I had everything. Al-Ahli offered me a contract for three years as a director and I have accepted."
With that concise statement five years to the day after he raised the World Cup in Berlin, one of the greatest players to wear the fabled blue shirt of Italy retired from football with the same grace as he played. Cannavaro was the heart, soul and relentless spirit of the Azzurri after the retirement of Paolo Maldini. Seeing Cannavaro with his infectious smile became a trademark image in publications around the world. A rare player who led by sterling example on and off the pitch, Cannavaro has etched his name in the archives of Italian and world football.

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Beyond The Pitch

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