He played in Serie A, Premier League, and wore the jersey of the Italian national team. Dani Osvaldo, now 38, wore the jerseys of Fiorentina, Bologna, Roma, Juventus and Inter, before retiring in 2020. In the meantime, he begins a singing career and also participates in Dancing with the Stars. In his latest message on social networks, a long video explosion, the naturalized Italian Argentine reveals that he uses drugs and is dependent on alcohol due to serious depression that he is fighting with all his energies through psychiatric treatment. “It’s very difficult for me to talk about it, it’s very difficult for me to open up. I have difficulty distinguishing what is real from what I think. If anyone is experiencing something similar, ask for help, because you can't get through this alone. I know that I will get through this,” he declared in a broken but sustained voice, “if I tell all this, it is not to play the victim but to let those who are interested in the things I do and the bad decisions I make, and the anger I feel towards the world and towards many people is linked to this illness and my lack of self-esteem. I'm in treatment and I take drugs, but it's difficult to get out of it and I fall back into addictions and isolate myself from the people I love.” The former center forward gets naked and talks about the spiral from which he struggles to escape: “I live practically alone, locked in the house. I don't go anywhere, I don't do anything productive with my life. Sometimes, I don't want to get out of bed. I've been suffering ever since for a long time from very serious depression, which made me fall into certain addictions: alcohol and drugs. I am in a moment where my life is spiraling out of control. And I wanted to tell it and share it with you. I am in psychiatric treatment. I have a very particular illness. Lack of self-esteem, depression. Often, I fall back into my addictions out of anger. I fall into self-destruction and this also harms the people around me.” Psychological suffering and addictions have distanced him from his loved ones: “It makes me not want to see my family, to share things with my children. I was an elite player and a completely different person, full of confidence and security. Today, I am a person I don't recognize. I'm having trouble getting out of this situation. I still don't understand how I ended up like this, what hurts me the most is that I'm impoverishing my soul.” Finally, he addresses his family directly: “I wanted to say that and ask for forgiveness to my family, to my friends, to my children.”


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