'Messi has no life in golden prison'

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Dani Osvaldo, 32, is widely considered as one of the most controversial figures in Italian football history along with Mario Balotelli.

His talent was undeniable as he displayed in bit parts during his career, but his lifestyle, commitment and discipline to succeed at the highest level was always in question.

After representing the likes of AS Roma, Inter, Juventus, FC Porto and being entrusted to deliver after a £12.8m transfer to the Premier League via Mauricio Pochetinno to Southampton - Osvaldo was more known for his training ground bust-up with teammate Jose Fonte, rather than his technical ability with the Saints.

However, since retiring in 2016 after short stints at FC Porto and Boca Juniors, the 14-time capped Italy striker revealed the fame and fortune of football didn't allow him to live the life he wanted too, citing Messi as the perfect reference.

"Would I like to be like Messi? No. I’d like to play like him, but he has no life. It's as if he lives in a golden prison," Osvaldo told Marca.

"He couldn't go somewhere and quietly drink something. Maybe he doesn’t care about it, but I do.

"I imagine him buying the biggest TV in the world, but then he's never in his living room to use it.

"Failing that, he probably drives a Ferrari, knowing he lives 15 minutes away from the Barcelona’s training ground…"

Osvaldo has since pursued a career in music since hanging up his boots, but who can forget this stunning strike below?

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