Date: November 30, 2023 11:57 am
The former Arsenal and Barcelona player has called it quits on his career
Alex Song has officially announced his retirement from professional football.
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— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) November 14, 2023
The Cameroonian has bagged 49 caps for his country before withdrawing back in 2015.
The 36-year-old had a promising start to his career as he spent 7 years at Arsenal(from 2005 to 2012) before moving to Barcelona, where he won the La Liga title in 2012-13.
Two loan spells at West Ham saw him make a return to the Premier League before a permanent deal with Rubin Kazan. Song would finish his career at AS Arta/Solar from Djibouti.
The 36-year-old last appearance came back in September and he has now stepped down in order to focus on developing the youth academy of the African club.
“It is with great sadness that the time has come for me to hang up my boots,” Song wrote on Instagram.
“My journey that began in Yaoundé as a child, playing with no boots, in bare feet and on hard gravel, gave me the strength and courage to succeed.”
“When I moved to France, playing for Bastia I thought I had achieved a miracle. However, this was only the start as my journey continued to Arsenal and Barcelona, two of the greatest clubs in the world.”