Spain's oldest goalscorer calls time on playing days

          Aduriz retires to have hip replacement

          2020/05/20 19:55
          By Stephen Gillett

          Athletic Bilbao forward Aritz Aduriz has announced his retirement from professional football.

          The 39-year-old has been a prolific marksman in La Liga, but with Spain's top flight suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak he has called time on his career to have a hip replacement.

          The oldest player ever to score for Spain (at 35 years and 275 days), Aduriz's decision will see him miss an all-Basque Copa del Rey showdown against Real Sociedad that was originally scheduled for April.

          Simple decision

          "Many times, I have said that football will leave you before you leave it," he tweeted.

          "Yesterday, the doctors told me to go see the surgeon, sooner rather than later, to get a prosthetic to replace my hip and try to 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 they deserve. That is the life of a professional athlete. Simple."

          In total, Aduriz fired home 172 goals in 407 appearances for Bilbao, in addition to stints playing for Valencia, Mallorca and Valladolid.

          He also won 13 caps for Spain netting two goals. 

          Aritz Aduriz
          NameAritz Aduriz Zubeldia
          Born1981-02-11(39 -yrs-old)
          PositionForward (Striker)


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