In Summary

  • Ex-Everton and Man Utd midfielder finishes playing at 36
  • The big-haired Belgian began his career with Standard Liege before coming to the Premier League with Everton
  • Marouane Fellaini announced Saturday he was retiring three months after the end of his contract with Chinese club Shandong Taishan

Former Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini  has announced his retirement from football at the age of 36.

He established himself as a key player under David Moyes at Goodison Park, making 177 appearances for Everton.

In an Instagram post, Fellaini said: ‘I am writing this post to announce that after a career of 18 years, I am retiring from professional football.

‘But it all started long before these 18 years. I remember, like the day of yesterday, my first game as a child, the endless training sessions with my dad, my first selection for Standard de Liege, and my first selection for the Belgian national team. Time flies!

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Fellaini’s Love For Sport

Marouane Fellaini (Photo Courtesy)

 

‘What an incredible journey it has been! I am so grateful to have played the sport I love at the highest level. I am proud to have represented Standard in Belgium, Everton and Manchester United in the UK, and Shandong Taishan in China.

It was an honor to have played for the Belgian national team at the Olympics of 2008, Euro 2016 and the World Cups of 2014 and 2018.

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Message to His Fans

‘I have played in front of the best fans in the world, and I want to take this moment to thank all of them for their unwavering support throughout my career. Your encouragement and passion have been a constant source of inspiration for me.

All of this would have been impossible without my family, teammates, coaches, advisers and everyone who has been a part of my journey. Your love, guidance, support, and friendship have been invaluable. Thank you!

‘As I embark on this new chapter in my life, I look forward to new challenges, but be assured, I will continue to support the beautiful game in any way I can.

‘See you soon! ❤️❤️❤️’

 

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