As you may recall, Antonio Cassano confused all and sundry by signing for Hellas Verona on 11th July only to retire from football altogether just eight days later.
He then reversed his decision to retire just four hours after that, vowing to play on as originally planned for the newly-promoted Serie A side.
Speaking that very afternoon, Cassano explained himself thus:
This morning I had a moment of weakness.
I had a meeting with (Hellas coach) Fabio Pecchia and the others to say that I wanted to give up.
I was yearning for my family but the club’s management has asked them to come and they gave me the strength to carry on.
I want to rise to the challenge and have a crazy season.
Well, just five days on down the line and reports are circulating in the Italian press that Cassano has gone and reversed his decision to reverse his decision to retire, thus deciding to retire from professional football with immediate effect… again.
Are you keeping up? At current count, that’s two retirements in the space of a week.
According to Sky Sport Italia, the 35-year-old striker has cited “high stress levels” stemming from the fact that his family have not joined him in moving to northern Italy.
Indeed, it’s being reported that he has formally terminated his contract, though no official word has been forthcoming as of yet.
We’ll endeavour to keep you posted, but bear in mind that there’s still plenty of time for a dramatic U-turn… or two, or three.