Frenchman and Arsenal legend Robert Pires today announced his retirement on French TV station BeIN Sports.
Pires is the final 1998 World Cup winner to retire, at the age of 42.
The Frenchman officially brings an end to his career over a year after he last played a match, in 2014 for FC Goa in the Indian Super League.
Pires had the following to say when he announced his decision earlier today:
“I am 42 so at some point you have to finish up, you have to say stop and overall you have to make way for youngsters. My last experience was in India.”
Pires started his career at Metz in 1990 and had an extremely long and successful career, winning EURO 2000 and the 1998 World Cup with France as well as the Premier League with Arsenal, playing also for Marseille, Villarreal and Aston Villa most notably.