Liverpool cult hero announces his retirement

Date published: Monday 13th June 2016 12:07

John Arne Riise: Made 321 Premier League appearances

John Arne Riise: Made 321 Premier League appearances

Former Liverpool left-back John-Arne Riise has confirmed that he has retired from football with immediate effect at the age of 35.

The 2005 Champions League winner, has made 10 appearances for Aalesund, the club with whom he started his career, in his Norwegian homeland this season.

However, he has decided to walk away from the game after realising he is no longer able to cope with the physical demands.

“My inner goal was to play football at the Norwegian top level until I was 40. But that is not to be. It stops here,” he wrote on his personal website.

“Lately there has emerged a completely new feeling in me that I am no longer strong enough to perform at my best.

“I like to play football but the motivation is still not strong enough to run the race at the highest level.

“This body – and this head – has been through so much over the last 20 years.

“It is heavy and painful and painful admission and very full of emotion but it is most of all honest.”

Riise also played for Monaco, Roma, Fulham, APOEL and Delhi Dynamos.

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