Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara announces retirement from professional football


(MENAFN) On Monday, Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara announced his retirement from professional football following his departure from English club Liverpool. The 33-year-old expressed gratitude for his career in a statement, emphasizing his readiness to give back what he received from the Sport and thanking everyone who contributed to his development as both a player and a person.

During his illustrious career, Thiago showcased his talent at some of Europe's top clubs, including Spain's Barcelona, Germany's Bayern Munich, and Liverpool. He achieved remarkable success, winning the UEFA Champions League twice: first in 2011 with Barcelona and again in 2020 with Bayern Munich. Alongside these prestigious titles, he secured numerous domestic championships with both Bayern Munich and Barcelona.

The midfielder's final season, 2023-24, was marked by challenges, including a hip injury that sidelined him until February. In spite of returning to play, a subsequent muscle injury suffered during a match against Arsenal cut short his season prematurely.

Thiago also made a significant impact on the international stage, earning 46 caps for the Spanish national team. His retirement marks the conclusion of a career that spanned major achievements across club football along with international competition, leaving behind a legacy of skill, dedication, and success.

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