Roma legend De Rossi completes dream move to Boca Juniors

Argentine club Boca Juniors have signed Italian veteran midfielder Daniele De Rossi, the club announced on Thursday.

The Italian World Cup winner, 36, left the Serie A giants at the end of last season, having spent his whole professional career with them.

He scored 63 goals in 616 appearances – only Francesco Totti, with 768, has played more games for Roma.

De Rossi rejected the chance to move into a director’s role saying that he “still feels like a player” and wanted to pursue “a new adventure” elsewhere.

He played 117 matches for Italy, winning the World Cup in 2006.

Boca posted a video of De Rossi on Twitter with the message: “He is at La Boca!”

A World Cup winner with Italy in 2006, De Rossi was given a hero’s welcome by a group of screaming Boca fans, who chanted a song in his honour as he landed at Buenos Aires airport in the early hours of Thursday.

Boca coach Gustavo Alfaro spoke with great enthusiasm about the addition of a player of De Rossi’s calibre. De Rossi, who earned 117 caps for Italy, scored 63 goals in 616 appearances for Roma.

“He will bring experience and hierarchy,” Alfaro said in a news conference on Wednesday..”We want him to provide his hunger to win. He will arrive on Thursday and we will see how he is physically.

“We are adding a player that has a huge career and we want him to be one more in this group, that he dreams of winning everything with Boca.”