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Italy: Giorgio Chiellini eyes up ‘beautiful’ retirement

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Italy: Giorgio Chiellini eyes up 'beautiful' retirement

Italy captain Giorgio Chiellini revealed he will enjoy a beautiful retirement against Argentina in the Finalissima. European Champions Italy will take on the South American champions Argentina in the Cup of Champions at Wembley. Roberto Mancini is set to name a number of players who beat England in Euros but admitted that the game marks the end of a cycle after failing to qualify for the World Cup in Qatar.

“It’s beautiful. Argentina has exceptional players. It’s obvious that the first one who comes to your mind is (Lionel) Messi but the others around him are fantastic. They didn’t win (the Copa America) by accident,” Italy captain Giorgio Chiellini said. “Messi is a football icon. It’s not for me to say if he is the greatest of all time or not. It will just be a pleasure to play my last game for the national team against him.”

“It has been, without a doubt, better than I could ever have imagined. When you’re a kid, you dream of playing for the national team, because that’s the ultimate,” he added. “The thought of being able to play more than 100 games over the course of 18 years, being captain, and lifting an important cup like I did last year at Wembley was the icing on the cake. I’m at peace. I feel happy with what I achieved and a little bit of pride for what I achieved in my career.”

“Of course, we would like to win because it’s a trophy at stake. The most important thing is our target, which is between now and November and which involves continuing to develop our game,” Argentina boss Scaloni said. “We’ve trained like never before. The last time we had a full week was possibly before the Copa America, and I don’t think that was even seven days so it’s possibly the period.”

Also, Read Football Results: Italy 0-3 Argentina

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