Swansea City cult hero Michu retires aged 31

Former Swansea City striker Michu has confirmed his retirement from football, at just 31 years of age.

Splendid season

The Spanish attacker’s arrival in English football in 2012 marked one of the feel-good stories of the Premier League campaign, with the £2 million signing from Rayo Vallecano notching 6 goals in his opening 8 games, finishing the season with 22 goals in 43 appearances for the Swans.

Michu was understandably linked with a number of top European sides in the summer of 2013, though he chose to remain at the Liberty Stadium to solidify his name.

Fitness struggles

However, it was from this point on that the career of the former Celta Vigo standout took an untimely nosedive, with a string of persistent injury problems leaving the Spaniard on the treatment table for long periods of time.

He managed just 15 Premier League starts during the 2013/14 season, before yet another injury-ravaged campaign the following year saw Michu make just 3 Serie A appearances on loan at Napoli.

The once-prolific striker has since bounced around the lower tiers of Spanish football, first with fourth division outfit UP Langero, and then with boyhood club Oviedo.

His torrid injury problems have remained throughout, though, with the unfortunate star forced to finally call it a day on his career at just 31.

Legend status

He will, however, always be fondly remembered as a genuine club legend in the Welsh city of Swansea…