The Turkish Arda Turan, 35, announced today the end of his playing career, after, above all, having achieved success at Atlético de Madrid, with which he won the Europa League and played in a Champions League final.
The now ex-midfielder, who also represented FC Barcelona, Basakehir and Galatarasay, reached 100 appearances for the Turkish national team and retires as the fifth player with the most caps for his country.
“It was hard, but it was beautiful,” Turan wrote on social media, along with an image saying goodbye with some boots on his shoulders.
In 2011/12, the Turk won the Europa League with Atlético de Madrid and, in 2013/14, also with the ‘Colchoneros’, he was just seconds away from lifting the Champions League trophy, in a 4-1 defeat with Real Madrid after extra time, at Estádio da Luz, in Lisbon.
Between Atlético de Madrid and FC Barcelona, Turan won two Spanish championships and three Copa del Reyes, in a career that began and ended with Galatasaray.
With Turkey, Turan was in the team that finished Euro2008 in third place, the best ranking ever for that country in European Championships.
Source: Futebol 365 – Notícias by www.futebol365.pt.
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