Marco Di Vaio has endured some trying times in Montreal but, overall, the Impact’s star forward has made it good go of it. The 38-year-old has netted 31 times and added eight assists in three season, defying traditional ideas regarding strikers of a certain age.
And it seems Montreal will be losing its relatively long-serving offensive threat, as Di Vaio admitted Thursday that a return to Italy is probably in the stars.
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It’s not about the Impact, the CONCACAF Champions League or the club’s record. For Di Vaio, it’s about home.
“It’s tough for me to say, but I think I’m going back to Italy [next year],” Di Vaio told reporters.
Montreal had exercised their contract option on Di Vaio last October. The statement published then avoided any mention of long-term commitment; Di Vaio expressed his happiness at staying with the Impact in 2014, “for another season.”
Due to an illness to a relative, Di Vaio’s wife and their two daughters flew back to Italy last summer, in the midst of the striker’s outstanding 2013 season. His decision to stay to Montreal in 2014 revolved around having to live here on his own, a sacrifice he elected to make in the end after declaring that he may retire.
Di Vaio said a return to Serie A may not be in the offing, either, as “going to work every day” hasn’t been easy. The well-traveled striker has netted in Spain, Italy, France and the States, winning Serie A, a UEFA Super Cup and the Coppa Italia.
If he’s done, he’s done pretty well.