Former AC Milan star Cristian Zaccardo, a member of the Italy team that won the World Cup in Germany back in 2006, has reportedly advertised himself on LinkedIn after leaving Serie C side Vicenza last term.
Zaccardo played for a number of Europe’s top clubs over a 17 year career, including AC Milan, VfL Wolfsburg and Palermo as well as earning 17 senior caps as an Italy international.
35 y/o World Cup winner Cristian Zaccardo is a free agent and wants a team. He has posted his resume on LinkedIN to find a new club. pic.twitter.com/k0Wrq5xQ6N— Matteo Bonetti (@TheCalcioGuy) July 17, 2017
But at 35, and with a thirst for game-time undiminished, the former Bologna centre-back has reportedly taken the unusual step of promoting himself online without the services of an agent, composing a LinkedIn bio in both English and Italian, as reported by Football ITALIA.
Outlining his continued value as player, Zaccardo explains;
“I cancelled the contract that tied me to the Vicenza until June 2018.
“I’m currently a free soccer player. I’m still good physically I could play 2 more years at high levels.
“Who will take me to make a deal?
“Serious professional soccer player and strong!!!”
The veteran defender may be best remembered by neutrals for his calamitous own goal in Italy’s 1-1 draw against the USA. Zaccardo made three appearances as the Azzurri went on to win the tournament for the first time since 1982.
Zaccardo's last club Vincenza are currently languishing in Italy's Lega Pro, after spending the whole of the 1960s, most of the 1970s and the majority of 1990s in Italy’s top flight. Successive relegations have brought Veneto’s oldest club to its knees, and Zaccardo looks to be seeking a new challenge.
Despite his age, the Formigine-born defender’s ad has attracted the attention of a host of lower-league fans, desperate to bring the Italy star to their clubs, though an official approach has yet to materialise.