Oddo calls time on career
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Massimo Oddo has retired from football at the age of 35.

The former Lazio and AC Milan defender had been playing with Lecce last season in Serie A, scoring once in 16 games.

"I leave football," Oddo said to radio station Radio Mana Mana Sport. "When you reach a certain age, you face a crossroad.

"I am studying to become a coach but I am more attracted to working behind a desk, like a sporting director. That would be my dream."

I leave football.
Massimo Oddo

Oddo, a member of Italy's FIFA World Cup™-winning squad in 2006, made his Serie A debut in 2000 with Hellas Verona.

He joined Lazio two years later and won the Coppa Italia in his second season with the Biancoceleste.

He moved to Milan in 2007 and won the UEFA Champions League title, the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup.

Oddo was also in the Rossoneri team that won the Serie A title in the 2010/11 season.