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AC Milan striker Cassano: I was ready to walk away

AC Milan star Antonio Cassano admits he considered walking away from the game after the death of Piermario Morosini.

Cassano went under minor heart surgery in midseason before making a successful comeback.

"After the operation there was optimism, but when I saw athletes like Bovolenta and Morosini suddenly die during games, I wanted to quit," he told Chi magazine.

Olympic medal winning volleyball player Vigor Bovolenta collapsed and died during a match on March 24, aged 37.

Morosini suffered the same fate during Livorno's Serie B game at Pescara on April 14, aged 25.

"I seemed in shock, incapable of making any autonomous decisions. My wife was so worried, as I just sat on the couch and stared at the wall. I wanted to finish with football.

"I'd say: 'I'm done here. I'm gambling with my life.' But when the medics told me I could go back to playing again, I cried.

"I can never forget the moment I returned to the field. Milan-Fiorentina, the Coach Massimiliano Allegri told me to 'get ready.'

"My legs were trembling as never before, not even when I made my Serie A debut. I was coming back to life and felt like the happiest man in the world."

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