Ze Roberto Announces Retirement From Football At The Age Of 43
Legendary Brazilian footballer Ze Roberto is the latest high-profile player to announce his retirement from football in 2017.
Palmeiras, his last club as a professional, confirmed that the final fixture of the season against Atletico Paranaense on Monday will be his last ever game.
Palmeiras announced today that Zé Roberto is retiring from football, he will play his last game on 3 December vs Atlético Paranaense. pic.twitter.com/vD62nbQsRT- Paulo Freitas (@Cynegeticus) November 25, 2017
The 43-year old has had a 23-year long career in the game, turning out for a total of 10 clubs - including Real Madrid, Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern Munich (twice) and Hamburg, as well as five clubs in his native Brazil.
A versatile player who just loves everything about the game, he was part of the excellent Bayer Leverkusen side that reached the 2002 Champions League final and finished as Bundesliga runners up on three occasions in a four-year spell.
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Along with Michael Ballack, he made the switch to Bayern Munich, making over 200 appearances and winning four Bundesliga titles. He also won one La Liga title and the Champions League with Real Madrid.
Capped by Brazil on 84 occasions, he turned out for the Selecao at two World Cups and won two Copa Americas.
And now at the ripe old age of 43, he's finally calling it a day after an extremely successful career.
Amazing Zé Roberto @ZR11OFFICIAL announces he's retiring from professional football. Monday, at the Allianz Parque, he bids Palmeiras' home crowd farewell, after two national titles. THANK YOU, GIANT. https://t.co/yNKZsZkniQ- Anything Palmeiras (@AnyPalmeiras) November 25, 2017
Love this. Man is playing the game he loves in the country he loves. Kept going on till he's body is giving up on him. Happy retirement Ze Roberto https://t.co/TZFvMITykm- iLikeStamford (@iLikeStamford) November 26, 2017
43-year old Ze Roberto has announced his retirement from football, and will play his last match on Monday. pic.twitter.com/aFylu1OlCD- Mootaz Chehade (@MHChehade) November 26, 2017
OFFICIAL:- Seleção Brasileira (@BrazilStat) November 26, 2017
Zé Roberto, who scored for Brazil vs Ghana in WC 2006, remember him? Palmeiras has confirmed that the 43-yo will officially retire from football, tomorrow.
A very successful career of a very respected man, comes to an end. What a professional this guy has been. :clap: pic.twitter.com/szB1slr4GI
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