Former Swansea and Rayo Vallecano striker Michu has retired from football at the tender age of 31. His retirement is believed to be a forced one due to his injury issues.
The former Premier League star announced his retirement via social media on Tuesday and gave a statement about his current situation of his ankle, that has made him take the decision to hang his boots.
“According to medical reports, the current situation of my right ankle has come to a point where it has forced me to say goodbye to you as a professional football player today,” he wrote in the twitter attachment.
“Even though I am saying farewell to you with much sorrow, I know that we will always be united. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of the magical moments that you have given to me during all this time. I feel privileged to have fulfilled a dream that is shared by so many of us since childhood. The dream of becoming a professional player in this sort,” he added.
Michu started his career from Spanish outfit Oviedo before moving to Celta and then Rayo Vallecano. He had decent spells with the Spanish clubs but the pinnacle of his career was with Swansea, when he scored 18 Premier League goals in the 2012-13 season for the Swans. He was though injury stricken and that took him to the fringes the following season at Swansea. Michu joined Napoli on loan but that was unsuccessful. He ended his career from where he started, Real Oviedo in Spain.
He made one appearance for Spain also in a qualifier match against Belarus. The former Spain international also thanked Real Oviedo for their support and expressed how special it was to share dressing room with his Spanish international colleagues.
He ended his write with an emotional line dedicated to the game of football saying, “Endless thanks to you, my friend. I will always be in debt with you.”