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Incontrovertible Evidence That Absolutely Nobody Loves Football More Than Damien Duff

Incontrovertible Evidence That Absolutely Nobody Loves Football More Than Damien Duff
By PJ Browne Updated

In December, Damien Duff announced his retirement from professional football.

Despite the willingness of his mind and heart, his body was no longer capable of sustaining a career in the pro game.

That he had returned to the League of Ireland to see out the last months of his career - donating all of Shamrock Rovers wages to charity - said much for his love of the game.

Even in retirement, Duff's zeal for football is still evident.

In an interview with Chelsea's website, the 37-year-old told of recently turning up at a Dublin astropark for a kickabout - on his own.

Last week I felt a bit of a weirdo and booked the local astropark, bored one morning, and had a kickabout on my own. Still trying to improve my right foot, I don’t know what for, I’m retired, but pure love for the game.

That desire to continually get better is what won him a professional contract in the first place.

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It was repetition. I got to Blackburn Rovers, who were league champions when I was 16, not because of coaching but because of kicking a ball on the street against the wall, not even with people. Every day, one hour, two hours, repetition, dribbling the ball around the streets. It sounds boring but I wouldn’t change it for anything. I just love kicking footballs, as far back as I could remember.

Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE


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