Álvaro Arbeloa has decided to hang up his boots and retire from football, after an interview with Spanish newspaper Marca, due to be published later today, the 34-year-old said it was finally time to say goodbye.
Although the former World Cup winner admitted that physically he was ok to keep playing, this year would be his last, after spending an unsuccessful spell with us last season at West Ham United.
He holds an exemplary record, boasting himself as one of the most decorated Spanish footballers of his time, including a World Cup title, 2 European Championships, 2 Champions League’s and a La Liga title to his name.
- La Liga: 2011-12
- Copa del Rey: 2010-11, 2013-14
- Supercopa de España: 2012
- UEFA Champions League: 2013-14, 2015-16
- FIFA Club World Cup: 2014
- UEFA Super Cup: 2014
- FIFA World Cup: 2010
- UEFA European Championship: 2008, 2012
Speaking on life after football, he couldn’t help but shy away from speaking about his former employer and love Real Madrid;
"Madrid is the club of my life, I will never call to ask for a job, but I am always available to offer myself,"
Although his time with us was short and unsuccessful, we wish you all the best with your retirement and your future Álvaro, you’ve earnt it!