After over two decades of professional football, the fourth of July signalled the end of one of the games’ most charismatic personalities as Colombian striker Faustino Asprilla finally called decided to hang up his boots at the ripe old age of 39.
Asprilla’s send-off took place at a farewell match with the crÃ¨me de la crÃ¨me of Colombian football turning out to salute the former Newcastle forward. Amongst his esteemed guests were Rene Higuita, Faryd Mondragon, Mario Yepes, Carlos Valderrama and Adolfo Valencia as well as Brazilian duo Roque Junior and Ailton.
Having played for Parma and Newcastle in Europe, as well as spending time at Palmeiras and Fluminense after his European adventure came to an end, Faustino Asprilla ended his career with stats of 110 goals in 330 club matches together with 20 international goals in just 57 games. Asprilla also managed to play in two World Cups, back in 1994 and 1998.
Highlights from Asprilla’s farewell match, which ended 3-2, can be seen here.