Former Inter defender Andrea Ranocchia has said that the Scudetto was the most beautiful moment whilst he was with the Nerazzurri, according to a report in the Italian media today.

Speaking during an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport, the recently retired Andrea Ranocchia explained the reasons behind his decision to put an end to his career at the age of 34.

“There wasn’t a single triggering episode. Since April, also due to a series of private matters, I started to feel less enthusiasm for football. I hoped it was just a moment. At Inter I was fine with everyone.”

He opened up further about his departure from Inter at the beginning of the summer at the end of his contract. He moved to Monza on a free transfer.

“My contract expired in June, Piero (Ausilio) explained to me that they had to make a whole series of evaluations. I wanted to play more, and Monza came along.

“A serious project, carried out by managers who have already won, the possibility of not changing home even for their children (Lorenzo, 4, and Adele Luna, 2) and for the youngsters to grow.

“I accepted. But during the training camp I struggled a lot. Discovering that the fire for football that lit me up for 30 years wasn’t coming back was terrible.”

The injury that he mentioned is what has led to him calling time on his career and he explained that it accelerated his move away from the game.

“It accelerated a process that was already underway. So much so that I don’t rule out the possibility that such a serious crack was related to the fact that my head was no longer spinning in the right way.”

Andrea Ranocchia received lots of kind messages from those that he lists: “By mentioning one I would be wronging others. But among the many there were also Zhang, Pioli, Spalletti, Cattelan, Mentana, whom I always follow.”

Many had Andrea Ranocchia down as a scapegoat for the poor form at Inter during his time and he opened up about that: “I was very down, an experience I could have done without, but formative. In football, when things don’t go right they target two or three people.

“Arriving immediately after the Triplete, I experienced difficult seasons for the club. But I also enjoyed the upturn thanks to Suning and Spalletti himself, up to the victories with Conte and Inzaghi.”

Inter are in poor form right now but he said that he is sure Inter will bounce back: “There are moments like that, especially at the start of the season, with a squad full of national players who also played in the summer. I’m sure Inter will bounce back. It has the strongest squad and a healthy dressing room. It remains my favourite for the Scudetto.”

He ended by talking about the best and worst moments of his career: “The ugliest in the summer, when I realised the light wasn’t coming back on. The most beautiful, the Scudetto.”