Napoli icon Ezequiel Lavezzi retires!


Some sides became cult-favourites not just for the fans of that particular club, but also for the neutrals. The Napoli squad from the start of the century is one of them. A key component in it, one of the three major players, was Ezequiel Lavezzi. The Argentine winger has now decided to retire from football at the age of 34.

Making a scary trident with Marek Hamsik and Edinson Cavani, Lavezzi won Coppa Italia in 2012. During his five seasons at San Paolo, he scored 48 goals making him the club's 16th best scorer in 188 games.

The forward made his senior debut for Estudiantes in 2003, before joining San Lorenzo at the end of his first season. After three seasons there, he joined Napoli.

Following his establishment as a top player in Napoli, he joined Paris Saint-Germain as one of the first big names to do so. Playing for the Saints he scored 35 goals in 161 games, winning four Ligue 1 titles, two Coupe de la Ligue trophies, and one Coupe de France.

After three and a half seasons he moved to China where he represented Hebei China Fortune on 75 games and scored 35 times. He took to social media to announce his retirement. 

"They were amazing years of this story.

?? Years marked by learning, unique moments and lots of memories that will stay in my heart for good.??

I am forever grateful for those who have stayed by my side throughout this journey.

With lots of joy, I say goodbye to the most amazing phase life has given me. ??

I’ve been extremely happy!" 

Lavezzi managed to represent Argentina despite the tough competition for the job and did so 51 times, scoring on nine occasions. He was a runner up in one World Cup and two Copa Americas but won the Summer Olympics Gold Medal in 2008.


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