Surprise Retirement Announcement by Mauro Boselli
Surprise in Argentine football: Mauro Boselli announced his retirement from football. The 38-year-old forward penned a heartfelt letter on his social media accounts to communicate his decision, which will take effect at the end of the year after his final matches with Estudiantes. Boselli’s early career at Boca Juniors was defined by his healthy competition with Martin Palermo, but he truly flourished while wearing the La Plata team’s jersey.
A Glorious Career
In his personal Instagram account, Boselli began his message by saying, “Impossible to say goodbye without first saying thank you… Today I want to tell you that, when the season ends, I will close my career as a professional footballer.” The striker leaves behind an illustrious journey that includes stints at Boca Juniors, Málaga in Spain, Genoa and Palermo in Italy, Wigan in England, León in Mexico, Corinthians in Brazil, and Cerro Porteño in Paraguay. Throughout his career, he has scored an impressive 266 goals in 617 professional matches.
A Journey Filled with Highlights
In his letter, Boselli reflects on the different stages of his career. He mentions his time at River Plate under the guidance of Ramon Maddoni, as well as the Copa Libertadores victory in 2007 with Boca Juniors. He also highlights his time at León, where he found a club that shared the same values he learned at home. Boselli states, “Not only because of winning a Copa Libertadores with a mentor like Alejandro Sabella, but also because I discovered a philosophy and a way of life that resonated with me.“
International Success and Challenges
Boselli also discusses his international career, including his debut with the Argentine national team under the coaching of Diego Maradona. He scored his only goal against Nigeria in a 1-4 defeat in June 2011. Reflecting on his time in Europe, Boselli admits that things didn’t go as well as he had hoped, but he believes that everything happens for a reason. He scored 9 goals in 43 games during his European stint.
A Special Farewell
After playing in various Latin American countries, Boselli explains why he chose to return to Argentina for his final chapter: “I felt that the end had to be in a special place, and thanks to Estudiantes, that became possible. Returning to Argentine football was uncertain, but I believe I lived up to the challenge. It was a beautiful experience for my daughters to hear and feel the support of the fans chanting ‘Boseeeelli, Boseeeeeelli…’. Thank you, Estudiantes. My gratitude will be eternal.“
Life After Football
In a previous interview with Infobae, Boselli discussed his plans for life after retirement. He sees it as another challenge and acknowledges the financial stability that his career has provided. He emphasizes the importance of generating new opportunities and investments to sustain his lifestyle. Boselli believes that there are still significant challenges ahead that go beyond football and will shape his future.
A Successful Return to Estudiantes
Mauro Boselli’s return to Estudiantes in 2022 has been a remarkable success. He quickly became the team’s top scorer, helping them win the League Cup in his first local tournament. This year, he has scored 13 goals and provided 2 assists in 39 games. Boselli’s contributions will be crucial in the final stretch of the season, including matches against Defensa y Justicia, Central Córdoba, and Lanús, as well as the Argentine Cup semifinals against Boca Juniors, which offers a chance to qualify for the 2024 Copa Libertadores.