At the age of 37, David Silva, a football superstar in the Premier League and a former star for Manchester City, announced the end of his playing days.
The Spaniard joined City from Valencia in 2010 and appeared in 436 games, scoring 77 goals and providing 140 assists.
During his ten years in England before transferring to Spain, he also won 14 notable awards, including four league titles.
He joined Real Sociedad in 2020 and appeared in 93 games, scoring seven goals and providing 18 assists.
Silva scored 35 goals in 125 games for Spain, including victories at the World Cup and the Euros.
Silva’s early retirement from football was caused by an anterior cruciate ligament injury he suffered while training with Real Sociedad during preseason.
The 37-year-old announced his retirement with an emotional farewell video after achieving a big feat in football.
He released an emotional farewell video titled, “Thank you so much football.” as reported by the Sun.
The video shows him practising his moves as a young child before ageing and showcasing his entire distinguished career.
Silva said as reported by the Sun, “Today is a sad day, it is time to say goodbye to what I have dedicated my whole life to.
“It is time today to say goodbye to my colleagues, who are like family to me.”
Every club he played for, including San Fernando, Valencia, Eibar, and Celta Vigo, received thanks from him.
The contract extension Silva signed in May was valid until the end of the upcoming season, but he has since renounced it.
Throughout his tenure at the Etihad Stadium, he has remained a fan favourite in Manchester, where the supporters see him as a club icon.