Osasuna’s Ricardo hangs up his boots

Osasuna goalkeeper Ricardo has said goodbye to football at a Press conference accompanied by all his teammates.

The 41-year-old, who has been with Osasuna since 2005 after spells at Atletico Madrid, Real Valladolid and Manchester United, revealed just what the Pamplona-based club means to him.

“Osasuna has meant everything in my career in football. I couldn’t have found a better way to go than to leave Osasuna in La Primera and I want to thank the club and my colleagues for putting up with me all this time,” he joked.

“Now I am putting the finishing touches to becoming the great Coach I am going to be. Within a few years people won’t be talking about [Carlo] Ancelotti or anyone else. They’ll be talking about me.”

He also spoke of the possibility of signing off at the Santiago Bernabeu when Osasuna, who are now mathematically safe, take on Real Madrid at the weekend.

“Of course I would like to play, but that is up to the Coach and I don’t want to get into that,’ concluded Ricardo, who has not seen a minute of La Liga action all season.

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