Former Liverpool and Spain forward Luis Garcia has retired
Former Liverpool and Spain forward Luis Garcia has announced his retirement from football, at the age of 35.
Last Updated: 14/01/14 2:42pm
Garcia hangs his boots up after a decorated 17-year career which included winning the Champions League title with Liverpool in 2005.
He scored at vital times against Juventus and then Chelsea in the all-English semi-final before playing his part as the Reds famously fought back from a 3-0 half-time deficit in the final to beat Milan on penalties.
The much-travelled playmaker scored 30 goals in 121 appearances while at Anfield and also won the 2005 Super Cup and 2006 FA Cup in a glittering three seasons at the club.
Garcia left Liverpool in July 2007 for Atletico Madrid and also played for the likes of Barcelona, Panathinaikos and, most recently, Mexican side Pumas.
He made 20 appearances for Spain, representing them at the 2006 World Cup in Germany, and was named in UEFA's Team of the Year in 2005.
Garcia said: "(Thanks) to Liverpool FC, for making me pass through the history of international football and be part of the Red family, forever.
"Today I've decided to retire as a professional footballer, thanks for the interest from the teams that spoke with me in recent weeks, but I think the time has come to end this important chapter in my life and move to the next page.
"To each and every one of the people over my 17-year career that have been with me, have helped me and supported me at every stage, I will be forever grateful."