The Argentine striker, Rodrigo Palacio, retired from professional football after a long and successful career, full of titles, but he will continue to be linked to the sport: he returned to play basketball amateur in Italy.At 40 years old, the former Boca attacker is a new player of Garignano, a Team of the Serie D of Italian basketball, and, as reported from his environment, he will not play football professionally again. Palacio’s career has as a living memory in all Argentines the unforgettable play in the final of Brazil 2014 against Germany, but his talent marked other milestones based on his unquestionable quality.
The striker emerged in Bella Vista de Bahía Blanca and Huracán de Tres Arroyos, who debuted in the first division in Banfield, was part of the World Cup Germany 2006 and Brazil 2014 and played more than 350 games in Italian football: he is the third Argentine with more presences in Serie A below Javier Zanetti and Roberto Sensini. his most remembered performance was in Boca Juniors, where he conquered the Copa Libertadores de América in 2007. Later, in 2009, he was transferred to Genoa and after almost 100 games he was bought by Inter in 2012.
Five years later, Bologna opened the doors to him, he was leader and shone for four seasons, when he concluded his experience in the top category of “Calcio”. At 39, he joined Brescia of Serie B, where he played until the end of the 2021/22 season, and if last match was on 22 May in the 2–1 defeat to Monza (currently in Serie A) and completed 28 minutes. Meanwhile, he recorded 6 goals in 33 games in his last campaign as a professional. After a wait of several months not to receive seductive offers, he joined the squad of Garegnano, a team of the Serie D of Italian basketball and made the entire preseason with the team that next weekend will start the tournament.