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Spain international Thiago Alcantara set to hang up boots despite interest from Saudi Pro League

Spain international Thiago Alcantara set to hang up boots despite interest from Saudi Pro League

After a brilliant playing career, former Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Liverpool star Thiago Alcantara is expected to announce his retirement from professional football. After his contract with Liverpool expired at the end of June, the 33-year-old left Liverpool, and the Saudi Pro League was expected to be among the top suitors for his transfer. Alcantara […]

After a brilliant playing career, former Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Liverpool star Thiago Alcantara is expected to announce his retirement from professional football. After his contract with Liverpool expired at the end of June, the 33-year-old left Liverpool, and the Saudi Pro League was expected to be among the top suitors for his transfer.

Alcantara to leave professional football

However, Thiago has reportedly made the decision to retire and end his playing career, starting a “new chapter in football,” according to football journalist and transfer expert Fabrizio Romano. Thiago will retire having played 488 senior club games, as well as 46 times for the Spanish national team.

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A stellar career comes to an end

Over the course of his amazing playing career, the mercurial midfielder battled injuries and fitness concerns; it’s estimated that these issues cost him 364 games. However, Thiago was frequently among the best in the world at his position when he was able to play.

From a playing standpoint, Thiago’s last season as a professional footballer was rather miserable. He played in just five minutes, substituting in late during Liverpool’s 3-1 loss to Arsenal.

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