TBILISI, DFWatch–The former AC Milan player who is became Georgia’s Energy Minister plans to hold a farewell football match in the end of May.
Kakhi Kaladze, who played for Milan in 2001-2010 and 2010-2012 for Genoa, originally planned to hold a final symbolic match in September, 2012, but the administration of Dinamo Stadium in Tbilisi refused him. The match was rescheduled for the end of November, but was postponed again due to bad weather.
On Monday, the former football player said that he plans to hold the match in the end of May, 2013.
In earlier interviews, Kaladze promised his fans to invite well-known football players for this match, players like Gennaro Gattuso, Andrés Iniesta, and Paolo Maldin, and that he plans to finance it himself.
Kaladze announced in December, 2011, that he would end his career in order to go into politics and join the movement of Bidzina Ivanishvili, who is now prime minister. In the parliamentary election in October, 2012, Kaladze won as a majoritarian candidate for the Samtredia district, his hometown, but then left his seat as MP in order to become energy minister.
In 2001, he became the most highly paid Georgian football player as AC Milan paid 16 million euros for his transfer.