October 4, 2019 / 6:33 AM / 12 days ago

Italy's Marchisio calls time on professional career

Football Soccer - Juventus v Palermo - Italian Serie A - Juventus stadium, Turin, Italy - 17/02/17 - Juventus' Claudio Marchisio controls the ball. REUTERS/Giorgio Perottino/Files

(Reuters) - Former Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio has announced his retirement from professional soccer at the age of 33 after a short spell with Russian side Zenit St Petersburg.

Marchisio ended his stay at Juve last year after spending 25 years at the club where he won seven Serie A titles as well as four Italian Cups. He earned 55 caps for Italy, the last of which was in 2017.

“It’s an important decision but a very difficult one. It was right to reveal it in a very special place. I decided to retire because I realized my body was no longer reacting as the head wanted,” Marchisio told reporters at Juve’s Allianz Stadium.

He joined Zenit on a two-year deal in September last year but cut his spell short earlier this year due to a persistent knee issue after managing only nine appearances for them.

“I spent unforgettable moments on the field... I thank Juventus and the other teams I played with, my teammates, managers and coaches who gave me all of this,” he added.

“Here I lifted my most important trophies. These are the emotions that will always remain within me.”

Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; editing by Amlan Chakraborty

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