The 37-year-old former Lazio and Milan defender will hang up his boots at the end of the MLS season in Canada, where he plays for Montreal Impact.
“Now I want to try being a coach,” he said. “I think I’ll rest for a few months before I start studying.”
The lifelong Lazio fan started with his hometown club in the youth academy and stayed there until 2002, when he completed a transfer to Milan.
Following another 10 years at San Siro, Nesta joined Montreal Impact in 2012.
His increasing years and move to the MLS didn't cool his famous passion for the game, however: earlier this season he was sent off for headbutting an opponent!
In 2004 FIFA named him one of the top 125 living players and he won the 2006 World Cup with Italy along with three Serie A titles, two Champions Leagues, a Club World Cup, three Coppa Italia trophies, a Cup Winners’ Cup, three European Super Cups, four Italian Super Cups and the Canadian Championship.