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Deco announces retirement

Former Chelsea and Barcelona midfielder Deco has announced his retirement from professional football at the age of 35.

Last Updated: 26/08/13 at 20:16 Post Comment

Deco: Has taken the decision to hang up his boots

Deco: Has taken the decision to hang up his boots

The Brazil-born playmaker, who represented Portugal at international level, brings the curtain down on his playing days at Fluminense.

Over the course of a distinguished career, Deco won league titles in Portugal, Spain, England and Brazil.

He also lifted the UEFA Champions League, two FA Cups and was capped on 75 occasions by Portugal - gracing two World Cups and two European Championships.

"With great sadness and regret I announce the end of my career as a professional athlete," Deco is quoted as saying by AS.

"The last minutes with Fluminense on Wednesday were my last of my 17 years as a footballer.

"I would have loved to continue until the end of the Brasileiro and help the team get back in the Libertadores but my body wouldn't let me.

"I'm very grateful for all the trust and affection."

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think all those names linked to United exits make sense. Kagawa has never really looked like hitting the form he had at Dortmund and Fellaini is radioactive after last season (even though I think he's been unfairly singled out for criticism). Nani and Anderson have had more than their fair share of chances so they are done, and Hernandez deserves better than warming a bench.

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e'll be off to Spurs (or better) in January and I don't blame him. Looking forward to re-signing Grant Holt as his replacement though.

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n fairness, he does look absolutely shattered in that photo.....

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