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Tuesday January 14 2014
Luis Garcia announces retirement

Former Barcelona, Liverpool and Atletico Madrid forward Luis Garcia has announced his retirement.

Garcia was a graduate of the Barcelona academy and joined Liverpool in 2004, having spent a year at Atletico.

He made more than 100 appearances for the Reds, scoring 33 goals and winning the Champions League in 2005. He also claimed a runners-up medal in 2007, and the FA Cup in 2006.

Garcia’s performances under Rafael Benitez led to a call-up to the Spain squad in 2005 and he went on to win 20 caps, travelling to Germany for World Cup 2006.

Returning to Spain in 2007, Garcia spent two more years with Atletico before a spell at Racing Santander.

A move to Panathinaikos of Greece followed before a switch to Mexico, first with Puebla and then Puebla UNAM, who proved to be his final club.

In a statement, Garcia said: “It’s time. It’s not easy for any and inevitable for all.

“I have had many years doing what fascinates me, great times spent and the opportunity to fulfil the dreams I had as a kid.

“Today I retire as a professional footballer. I thank the teams who had interest in me in recent weeks but I think it’s time to end this important chapter in my life and move to the next page.”

Garcia went on to thank his parents, Benitez and one of his coaches, Pako Ayesteran and Luis Aragones for taking him to the World Cup.

“To each and every one of the people who have been with me over the 17 years of my career, have helped me and supported me at every stage I have lived, even if I have not mentioned you I am forever grateful.

“And last but not least the fans. To all who have followed me over the years, always with good intentions, always encouraging me and motivating me in every game and to be a better player every day.

“Thank you all for being part of the history of my career and welcome to the next page.”

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