Friday May 10 2013
Brocchi announces retirement

Lazio midfielder Cristian Brocchi has today announced his retirement from the game after a long injury lay-off.

The 37-year-old has been out since February with a metatarsal break, but with his contract at the capital club coming to an end, the veteran has decided to call it a day.

A statement on the club's official website read: “The medical staff, in accordance with the player, can announce that despite all efforts, there is definitely no chance of a return to professional action.

“Despite daily work, the pain felt by Cristian has led to this reluctant statement today.

“The club would like to thank Cristian Brocchi for his professionalism shown throughout this long ordeal and we wish him an equally glorious career on the sidelines.”

Brocchi has had an illustrious career, playing for the likes of Milan, Inter, Hella Verona and Fiorentina, as well as making one appearance for the Italian national team back in 2006.