Jérémy Mathieu retires from professional football at 36

French central defender Jérémy Mathieu yesterday announced his decision to retire from professional football at the age of 36.

The ex-Sochaux man wanted to play for another year, but an injury to his knee ended his hopes of doing so.

“I thought that I would finish my career in another way, but this is all part of football. I injured myself on Wednesday morning in a coming together. I wanted so badly to finish on the pitch, but destiny decided otherwise. In any case, I spent 19 years living my life with intense highs and lows, joy and tears, victories and defeats and incredible trophies. I really enjoyed myself doing what I love and will always love.”

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