Top News Thiago Alcantara Announces Retirement From Football

Thiago Alcantara, a 33-year-old Spanish international midfielder, announced his retirement on Monday via a social media message.

Thank you, football. And to all who accompanied me and made me a better player and person along the way,” he wrote on X.

Liverpool released Thiago after his contract ended at the end of last season.

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Technically, he is so, so good,” said then-manager Jurgen Klopp when the decision was announced. “A talent who could play in any team in the world and it was a privilege to have him with us.

“Injuries have been a frustration for him and also for us but the level that he was able to play at when he was available was incredible.”

He was born in Italy, where his father, Mazinho, a part of Brazil’s 1994 World Cup winning squad, played for Lecce.

Rafinha, Thiago’s brother, is a Barcelona-born Brazilian international who plays in Saudi Arabia.

Thiago began his senior career at Barcelona in 2009, where he won four Liga titles, the 2011 Champions League, and the Club World Cup.

He then played seven years at Bayern Munich, winning the Bundesliga every season.

His achievements in Munich include the Club World Cup in 2013 and the Champions League in 2020.

In four years with Liverpool, he won the FA Cup and made his third Champions League final.

Thiago won European under-17 and under-20 titles for Spain, as well as 46 senior caps between 2011 and 2021, but was unable to compete in the Euro 2012 final due to a back injury.

I will always be willing to give back what I have been given and I am grateful for the time I have enjoyed it,” said his X post.

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