By Ken Andrew
Former French international Blaise Matuidi has announced his retirement from football at the age of 35. The midfielder was a crucial part of France’s 2018 World Cup winning campaign.
Matuidi spent majority of the last decade playing for two of the biggest clubs in Europe, PSG and Juventus, before joining MLS side Inter Miami in 2020.
He was part of a fan favourite midfield trio for Les Bleus, alongside Ngolo Kante and Paul Pogba. Matuidi was also an important player in the plans of French Manager Didier Deschamps, who always used him in the big games.
Matuidi took to his Twitter to post a heartfelt message on his retirement. “Dear Football, I loved you so much. Football, you gave me so much, but the time has come to say enough. I accomplished my childhood dreams and the dreams I had as a grown man. It is with a lump in my throat, but with pride, that I turn over this new leaf today. Thank you!”
Matuidi closes out his career with 699 club appearances, 75 international caps and 22 major trophies,with the biggest prize in football, the World Cup amongst them. He will be remembered for his versatility and the energy he always brought in matches.