Former Manchester City, Spain midfielder David Silva retires from football

Former Manchester City, Spain midfielder David Silva retires from football

Serious knee injury forces 37-year-old to retire

By Can Erozden

ANKARA (AA) - Former Manchester City midfielder and 2010 FIFA World Cup winner with Spain, David Silva, retired from football Thursday at age 37.

"Today is a sad day for me. Today it is time to say goodbye to what I have dedicated my whole life to. Today it is time to say goodbye to my colleagues, who are like family to me. I will miss you very much," Silva wrote on Twitter.

Spanish club Real Sociedad confirmed July 20 that Silva suffered an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury to his left knee during the pre-season.

Silva was a Manchester City regular from 2010 - 2020 before his move to Real Sociedad.

He won four English Premier League titles, two English FA Cups and five English League Cups with the club.

The attacking midfielder won two Spanish Cups with Valencia and Real Sociedad.

Silva scored 121 goals and had 194 assists in 744 club appearances.

He helped Spain win the 2010 World Cup and two European titles -- EURO 2008 and 2012.

Silva scored 35 goals in 125 international caps for the Spanish national team.


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