Italian midfielder Claudio Marchisio announces retirement from football

The midfielder ended his stay at Juve last year after spending 25 years at the club where he won 7 Serie A titles as well as 4 Italian Cups.

Claudio Marchisio ends his professional football career at the age of 33.

Former Juventus star Claudio Marchisio has announced his retirement from professional soccer at the age of 33 after a short spell with Russian side Zenit St Petersburg.

The 33-year-old had been plagued with injuries in the latter stage of his career, but he was a key cog in Juve’s era of Serie A dominance. In total, Marchisio won 15 trophies, including seven Serie A titles, during his time with Juve, having come through the club’s academy.

Marchisio twice featured in the Champions League final – in 2015 and in 2017 – but on both occasions Juve were beaten, first by Barcelona and then Real Madrid. He also made 55 appearances for Italy between 2009 and 2017, helping them to the final of Euro 2012, in which they suffered a 4-0 defeat to Vicente del Bosque’s all-conquering Spain side.

“I had made a promise to the kid who dreamed to become a football player,” Marchisio wrote on Twitter.

“I would have played until I had felt the marvel of stepping into the pitch. I wasn’t fulfilling my promise anymore, that’s why I prefer to stop. So, thank you dream, you gave me strength, success and joy!”

Last week he held a press conference at the Gianni and Umberto Agnelli room in the Allianz Stadium in Turin.

“It wasn’t an easy night, I was looking for a word to sum everything up, and that word is dream. I’ have taken the decision to retire: an important, pondered, very difficult decision,

“This is a special place for me and I thank Juventus”, he said.

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