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Bilbao forward Aduriz announces retirement

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Athletico Bilbao forward Aritz Aduriz has announced he is retiring from football with immediate effect.

Spanish international Artiz Aduriz had always planned for this season to be his last in top-flight football.

At the age of 39, he has played 573 games, scoring 219 goals and adding 63 assists.

However, following the COVID-19 lockdown, he has sought medical advice with regard to an existing injury.

He took to social media today to let fans and the footballing world know, that it was sadly all over for him in football. This came after it was decided the only long term solution to his problems was a hip replacement.

He said:

“Yesterday, the doctors told me to go to see the surgeon, sooner rather than later, to get a prosthetic to replace my hip and to try and go about my everyday life, as normally as possible.

“Unfortunately, my body has said ‘enough’. I can’t help my team-mates the way I would like to, nor the way that they deserve. That is the life of a professional athlete. Simple, very simple.”

Athletico Bilbao paid tribute to their leading marksman.

The statement read:

“Aritz Aduriz, Athletic Club’s top scorer in the 21stcentury, has taken the decision to hang up his boots.”

“His career has been spectacular. He leaves a tremendous legacy and unforgettable pictures such as his five goals at San Mamés against Genk.”

To be a professional football in an elite European league at 39 is no mean feat. Aduriz is in some elite company with some of football’s superstars that played on into their late 30’s.