The former Italy international
Hard to keep up, right? But basically, in the space of eight days the 35-year-old joined Verona, retired, then merely a few hours later un-retired. What a man.
OFFICIAL: Antonio Cassano has confirmed he will play for Hellas Verona next season after changing his mind about retiring. pic.twitter.com/qhjLLLFoSH— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) July 18, 2017
35-year-old Cassano spent last season training with Sampdoria's youth team before he was informed that he was set to be released from his contract with the club.
It led to the forward signing for Verona, but having to live in a city close to 300km away from his family was seemingly too much to bear as he told his new club that he wanted to terminate his contract and return home.
Whaaaat?! Everybody stops! Cassano has changes mind again: "This morning I was weak, but my wife and Verona convinced me: I'll keep playing"— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) July 18, 2017
The former Roma, Real Madrid and Inter forward then had a change of heart and told the media - who were expecting to be informed of his retirement - that he had instead decided to continue with the challenge laid before him.
The extravagant figure said in his press-conference, via ESPN:
The floor is making up your damn mind.— Kobby (@kobsey_) July 18, 2017
Antonio Cassano: pic.twitter.com/vpmfItxwde
"[Verona coach] Fabio [Pecchia], the sporting director [Filippo] Fusco and the president have been close to me in view of my difficulty and they asked me if I could consider moving my family here.
"I would like to apologise to Verona for what happened. After a year and a half at home, it was not easy to be in a preseason camp without my family.
"My wife told me that she and our kids could not cope not seeing me playing football and this gives me great strength," he added.