Former Juventus and Italy midfielder Claudio Marchisio has announced his retirement from professional football.
Marchisio confirmed he would be hanging up his boots in a tweet shortly before a special Press conference at Juventus Stadium.
“I’d made a promise to the kid who dreamt to become a football player,” wrote the 33-year-old.
“I would have played until I had felt the marvel stepping into the pitch. I wasn’t fulfilling my promise anymore, that’s why I prefer to stop.
“So, thank you dream, you gave me strength, success and joy!”
Born and raised in Turin, he signed for the Bianconeri when he was seven years old.
Marchisio went on to make 389 appearances for his boyhood club, scoring 37 goals, providing 43 assists and picking up only one red card.
He won seven Scudetti between 2012 and 2018 and reached two Champions League Finals, but knee problems ravaged his last couple of seasons.
Marchisio attempted a comeback at Zenit St Petersburg last term but managed just 15 games for the Russian side, prior to leaving in August.
He played 55 times for Italy and netted five times, playing at two World Cups and forming part of the squad that reached the Final of Euro 2012.
I’d made a promise to the kid who dreamt to become a football player. I would have played until I had felt the marvel stepping into the pitch. I wasn’t fulfilling my promise anymore, that’s why I prefer to stop. So, thank you dream, you gave me strength, success and joy! pic.twitter.com/PZ3umLN8mC— Claudio Marchisio (@ClaMarchisio8) October 3, 2019
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