Club legend Antonio Di Natale has told the media on Friday that this will be the end of his career at Udinese.
The 38 year old forward scored 226 goals in 439 matches for the Zebrette, and has his sights on the legendary Giuseppe Meazza on the Serie A scoring list.
“I’ve gone two months without playing a game, I’ve had a big muscular problem which has kept me out. I hope to return as soon as possible and be there against Carpi for what will be my last match at the Friuli.
“These have been 12 intense years. My career at Udinese is worthy of a film, but now I’m no longer a protagonist. If I leave, I leave with my head held high, I gave everything.
“I’m proud to have done so much for this shirt, I’ve had a lot of satisfaction and achieved a lot of records thanks to my teammates and the club.
“It’s been the best 12 years of my life. I’m proud of what I did on the pitch, but also off it, rejecting many teams.
“It will be a beautiful emotion to greet all of those who made me feel at home here. I’ll see what I want to do after that, but right now all that counts is Udinese, which is more important than anything. Even Toto.”
Currently, Di Natale sits 6th on the all-time Serie A scoring list, and wants to catch 4th place Giuseppe Meazza before retiring.
“I won’t stop playing. I still have something to give, and I’ll try to chase down Meazza.”
During his 12 year stint he turned down big money moves to Juventus and AC Milan in favor of Udinese. Previously in Serie A he had played for Empoli.