He is known for his combative nature and fierce will to win – he is Roma’s gladiator.
So Arsenal players will be glad Daniele De Rossi never played alongside them considering his thoughts on modern players’ fondness for social media.
Arsenal players in particular have a reputation for posting celebratory changing room selfies whenever they win a game and it’s a side of the game the 35-year-old is not a fan of.
Speaking in 2017 to Italian magazine Undici, he said: “When we started out, it was all different, that was 20 years ago.
“Now a 20-year-old will get into the first team and have more Instagram followers than Messi. When I was young, the older players would say ‘it wasn’t like in my day’ – that’s life and it always will be.
“Mind you, some of them irritate me, too. When I see them do live Instagram videos from inside the locker room before a game, I’d like to take a baseball bat to their teeth… But they’re 18 years old and in 20 years’ time they will find themselves complaining about the youth of today.”
So, Arsenal players, next time you celebrate the opening of an envelope on Instagram together, just be glad De Rossi isn’t in the same changing room.
Born in Rome, the midfielder has spent his entire career with Roma and was linked with Manchester City a few years ago, though he has previously said he never wanted to leave his boyhood club.
Not that he didn’t think about living in Manchester considering he is a huge Oasis fan. “What excited me the most about that prospect [of joining City], however, was the fact that I could have met the Gallagher brothers,” he told Roma’s official website.
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