Former Liverpool player José Enrique has officially announced his retirement from professional football at the age of 31, the Spaniard has confirmed via social media.
The former Liverpool and Newcastle United full-back José Enrique has announced his retirement from professional football.
The 31-year-old ended his career at Spanish second division side Real Zaragoza.
it comes with a very heavy heart today to announce my retirement from professional football. Its been a very hard decision to take and accept. I would of loved to have played more years at my best level if my body would of let me but all good things have to come to an end and more in football. I just want to say a huge thanks to all of the fans and clubs who have supported me throughout my career. You have been the best! I have been blessed to play for some of the best teams in the world, with some of the best players in the world. these memories will stay with me forever. ❤️⚽️ #thankyou Below is the link to my interview for the Spanish newspaper marca. But you can also find it on sky sports. http://www.marca.com/futbol/premier-league/2017/09/06/59aefff0268e3e003c8b45af.html
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José Enrique confirmed that his decision is due to a long-term knee injury.
At the end of the last season he said:
“I could not play without medication, I did not even train. It was hard, desperate.
I could not play without medication, I did not even train. It was hard, desperate.
After every game, my knee swelled like a ball and I was barely able to walk for three days.
I saw five doctors in England but they did not get the problem.
It hurts me, but so many times they told me that it was a psychological problem that I came to believe it.”
Time in England
Enrique spent nine years in England, playing for Newcastle United and then Liverpool.
He joined Newcastle in 2007 from Valencia making 119 appearances for the Magpies.
His good form on Tyneside the earned him a move to Liverpool.
Enrique was much loved on Meyerside, however, his time there ended in 2016 when he was released.
One man who will not be able to wish José Enrique farewell is Jamie Carragher.
The Spaniard has seemingly blocked his former teammate on Twitter…
Jamie Carra in response to José Enrique’s retirement 😂 pic.twitter.com/G9IJPLc4Wh
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