Athletic Bilbao striker Ariz Adores announced his retirement today, Wednesday, due to a thigh injury that will prevent him from playing again.
Adores published a statement on his official page on the social networking site “Twitter”, in which he said the following:
The time has come, I have said a lot that football will leave you before you leave it.
Yesterday the doctors told me that I should have surgery sooner rather than later so that my hip joint could be replaced by an artificial one and try to live my life after that normally if possible.
Unfortunately my body told me it is enough, I will not be able to help my colleagues the way I love it or the way they deserve it.
This is the life of a professional athlete, simple … very simple.
Unfortunately, we are living in more difficult conditions under the current pandemic, which is irreparably devastating, but we must fight together.
So I don’t want you to worry about what happened to me, just a funny story, and we have to forget the final game that they dreamed of because it is time to say goodbye.
This was the end of the road for me, it was an unforgettable and wonderful journey from start to finish.
Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.
The 39-year-old started his career in 1999 with Aurira, followed by Bilbao, Burgos, Valladolid, and Bilbao again.
Adores also moved to Mallorca and Valencia before returning to Bilbao in 2012 and continuing with him until retirement.
Adores participated in 780 games, scoring 285 goals and crowning the Spanish Super Cup in 2015.
He was supposed to participate in the King’s Cup final marking, which is taking place in the first Basque derby against Real Sociedad.
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