Ex-Prem maverick is now singer with hundreds of thousands of Spotify listeners

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    Remember Dani Osvaldo? The maverick ex-Southampton forward who headbutted Saints team-mate Jose Fonte? Well he's a rock star these days.

    The Argentina-born former Italy international retired at the age of 30 back in 2016 to pursue a career in music and is now the lead singer of rock band Barrio Viejo – who have thousands of monthly listeners on Spotify – performing under the stage name Dani Stone (groovy, dude).

    Osvaldo had a stylish look as a player – with his sleek-looking manbun and carefully-trimmed moustache – but arguably looks even better on stage with his fedora and open-collar shirt combos, resembling a kind of hipster Jack Sparrow.

    READ MORE: Dani Osvaldo punched Erik Lamela, headbutted Jose Fonte and fell out with Mauro Icardi

    Osvaldo's stint in the Premier League was brief but memorable. He joined Southampton in 2013 following eye-catching stints at Espanyol and Roma, but lasted just half-a-season at the club after a getting into a couple of ugly bust-ups – one at the club's training ground with Fonte and the other at St James' Park during a feisty 1-1 draw with Newcastle.

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    He was loaned to Juventus during the January transfer window, and then to Inter Milan and Boca Juniors the following season, before having his contract officially terminated in 2015.

    Osvaldo then joined Porto, but lasted even less time there than he did at Southampton and moved to Boca Juniors, this time on a permanent basis – though he was fired four months into contract after being caught smoking in the dressing room. He officially retired shortly after.

    Reflected on his decision to quit football in an interview with The Sun in 2018, Osvaldo said: "I was 30 years old when I quit football.

    "People say that's the age when a footballer reaches his peak. People just don't understand it, you know, they look at me like 'you're crazy. You had everything. You played in some of the best teams in the world and you decided just to quit to do this? You're nuts'.

    "People don't understand. But [music is] my passion."


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