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Former World Cup winner Álvaro Arbeloa hangs up his boots

Former West Ham man Álvaro Arbeloa has retired from football

Netherlands v Spain: 2010 FIFA World Cup Final Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

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.

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Arbeloa made only 3 appearences for West Ham.
Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images

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.

Real Madrid

  • 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

International

  • FIFA World Cup: 2010
  • UEFA European Championship: 2008, 2012

During his playing career the full-back made over 200 appearances for clubs including Liverpool, Real Madrid and Deportivo La Coruna. He was also capped 56 times by his country.

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!