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Stephan Lichtsteiner retires from football at the age of 36

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Former Lazio and Juventus full-back Stephan Lichtsteiner has announced his retirement from football at the age of 36.

Lichtsteiner has decided to call it quits on his footballing career after giving it lots of thought.

The veteran defender brings his 19-year football stint to an end with Bundesliga side Augsburg.

Lichtsteiner started out with Swedish side Grasshoppers FC before getting his real break with Ligue 1 side Lille.

The defender then most of his career in the Serie A playing for Juve and Lazio in the span of a decade.

Lichtsteiner  won the Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italian with Lazio, before moving to enjoy further success with Juventus in Turin.

With Juve, he won seven Scudetti, four Coppa Italia and three Supercoppa Italiana during his time in Turin, before moving to Arsenal in August 2019.

The Switzerland born defender announced the decision to call it quits via social media on Wednesday afternoon.

“Hello all! After a few weeks of contemplating, I have decided to retire from active football” Lichtsteiner  wrote on his Instagram account.

“With this video I would like to thank you for all the wonderful emotions that we have lived together” he continued.

“I am very proud of the path that we have taken together”

“Starting from Grasshopper through Lille to Lazio to Juventus and Arsenal and of course ending with Augsburg and also for all those years in the national team”

“Thank you so much for everything. You will hear from me every now and then. Bye everyone”

In total, Lichtsteiner made 624 appearances, scoring 30 goals and chipping in with 48 assists.