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Aritz Aduriz has announced his retirement from football

aduriz retirement

Aritz Aduriz has announced his retirement from football. Aduriz said in a social media post that he has made the decision after doctors advised him to have hip replacement surgery.

"The time has come," Aduriz began. "Many times, I have said that football will leave you before you leave it.

"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."

Meanwhile, 2019/2020 will be Aduriz last season and it seemed he would get the chance of a famous farewell, with Athletic set to face Real Sociedad in the Copa del Rey final.

aduriz to retire

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"Unfortunately, we are living through situations much more grim and painful; the pandemic that we are suffering from has left us with irreparable damage and we have to keep fighting it, together," Aduriz added.

"Therefore, I don't want you to worry about me, this is just an anecdote.

"Let's forget about the finals we dreamt about, because we will have time to say goodbye. And yes, the time has come to say goodbye, and this is how the road ends for me - unforgettable and marvellous, from beginning to end.

"Thank you, from the bottom of my heart." Aduriz said.

The 39years old started his senior career with Athletic but also played for Real Valladolid, Real Mallorca and Valencia.

aduriz for Spain

Aritz Aduriz won his first Spain cap in 2010 before earning a recall six years later at the age of 35, winning a spot in Vicente del Bosque's squad for Euro 2016.

Having decided to end his career after 2019-20, he started the season by scoring a stunning overhead kick to seal a 1-0 win over Barcelona at San Mames last August.

Aritz Aduriz and Lionel Messi are the only player to score in 15 La Liga seasons in a row.

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