Former Manchester City star David Silva announces his retirement after suffering an ACL injury in pre-season training with Real Sociedad
- The Spanish star has announced his retirement from football at the age of 37
- Silva won four Premier League titles and two FA Cups during his time at Man City.
- He also lifted the World Cup with Spain back in 2010 and won the Euro twice.
Former Manchester City star David Silva has announced his retirement from football at the age of 37 after suffering an ACL injury in pre-season training.
The Real Sociedad midfielder posted a message on social media with the caption ‘Thank you very much football’ to confirm the end of his career.
“Today is a sad day for me,” Silva wrote. ‘Today it’s time to say goodbye to what I have dedicated my whole life.
‘Today it’s time to say goodbye to my colleagues, who are like family to me. I will miss you so much.’
Manchester City paid tribute to their former midfielder, who made 436 appearances for the club, saying he will be remembered as ‘one of the greatest players in City history’.
David Silva has announced his retirement from football at the age of 37 after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury
Silva won four Premier League titles during a glittering career with Manchester City.
His tribute concluded: “All of us at Manchester City want to wish David well in his retirement and thank him once again for the incredible contribution he made to our football club during his ten years here.”
Silva joined City from Valencia in 2010 and has also played for Eibar and Celta Vigo during his career.
The former Spain midfielder also made 125 caps for his country during a 12-year international career, scoring 35 goals.
Silva was part of the Spanish team that lifted the World Cup in 2010, as well as the Eurocups in 2008 and 2012.
A number of Silva’s former team-mates have paid tribute to him on social media, including City winger Riyad Mahrez, who simply wrote ‘Mago’, which means ‘magician’ in Spanish.
Former City striker Edin Dzeko also added: ‘Thank you magician’, while current defender Aymeric Laporte commented: ‘Legend, thanks for everyone’.
Roberto Mancini, who guided the Manchester club to Premier League glory in 2011-12, said: ‘Simple (sic) the best’.