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In the final installment of a 3-part interview, Marco Donadel discusses following in the footsteps of Di Vaio & Nesta at Montreal, his views on Giovinco & Pirlo, and his thoughts on what his future holds after retirement.

Italian Football Daily: “At Montreal, you’re following in the footsteps of some great names like Marco Di Vaio and Alessandro Nesta. Did you seek any advice from those players before making the move?”
Marco Donadel: “When I arrived, Di Vaio was still here and he was an idol of mine. (Matteo) Ferrari was also here and I asked them a lot of questions, mostly about the league, the rules, the travel, to get a better understanding. But honestly I didn’t ask for any advice, I wanted to form my own impression of what it would be like here.”

IFD: “You preceded by a few months ex-Juve players Sebastian Giovinco and Andrea Pirlo. Were you in touch with them during the season and what did you share?”
MD: “Yes, we’ve spoken, we’ve exchanged messages. I met Pirlo in his first game with NYCFC. Every league has its characteristics: the EPL, the Bundesliga, La Liga, Serie A, you just have to adapt. Giovinco has already proved you can do it and Pirlo still has time to show he can make a difference.”

IFD: “In your opinion, what’s the current appetite for Italians to play in North America?”
MD: “Andrea is here more for a life experience than anything else considering what he’s won during his career. He’s not here to prove himself. Obviously, he’s already done that. Giovinco came for the playing experience. Basically, all of Europe turned its back on him so he came here to show what he’s capable of. I came here by choice. There’s Italy, North America, China, the Premier League – soccer is a global game now. The Champions League is kind of on a par with the NBA or NFL, but as for the rest, I don’t see a difference. And you can’t say it’s easier here or more difficult there because if you take a team from Serie A and put it in MLS, I don’t think it will win that easily. Or if you take a team from here and put it in Italy, I don’t think it would be relegated necessarily. So each league has its rules, its lifestyle choices, and there’s money here as there is over there. The quality of life is quite high here. It’s a matter of choice. I don’t think you’ll see many players come here at 35 anymore. I think players will come here at 20, 21, 22 because their prospects are better here.”

IFD: “You’ll be 33 in April. It’s premature to speculate about retirement but what future interests you the most – as a coach, a manager or an activity outside of soccer?”
MD: “Many times when you’re tired or you’re feeling down, retirement crosses your mind and you wonder what would you do besides soccer. As in any other profession, you don’t always like what you’re doing. But I’ve been playing since I was six because I like it and the joy you had as a kid stays with you. In the end, playing soccer is cool. I’d like to play for as long as I can at any level because you enjoy yourself and the game rewards you. So I’m not thinking of anything else at the moment. But in certain situations, whether it’s tied to this group in Montreal or in Florence, I’d like to work with young players. I don’t know in what capacity but I’d like to give something back. Whether that’s on the field or as a manager, I don’t know. What I do know is I don’t like to do something just because you have to. So I wouldn’t be an administrator or an executive. I like taking risks. If it’s in soccer, then it would be something with responsibilities.”

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