Writer: Tim Stillman
Date:Friday August 24 2012
Arsenal Invincible and underwear model Freddie Ljungberg has announced his retirement from professional football. Ljungberg was signed by Arsenal in 1998 and immediately ingratiated himself with Arsenal fans by notching a goal on his debut against Manchester United- an opponent he would regularly haunt in his time at Arsenal. Ljungberg won Barclaycard Player of the Year for 2001-02, as well as netting two league titles and three F.A. Cups in his time with the Gunners. He appeared 216 times for Arsenal, scoring 46 goals. He also captained Sweden.
'It's still fun to play the big games, but when you no longer have the motivation for training then it's time to call it quits,' he told Swedish broadcasters SVT.
'This is a decision which has come about during a six-month absence.
'During my career I've had the possibility to play with some of the best players in the world, as well as some of the best teams.
'I'm grateful for everything football has given me and all of the fantastic people I've met during my career.'
Ljungberg was picked up from Halmstads by Arsenal and subsequently played for West Ham United, Seattle Sounders, Chicago Fire, Celtic and Shimzu S Pulse, who cancelled his contract six months ago. Freddie struggled to recover from a hip problem in 2002, which robbed him of much of his mobility and may explain why he has retired at the relatively young age of 35.
Ljungberg joins Invincibles Patrick Vieira, Jens Lehmann, Martin Keown, Robert Pires, Dennis Bergkamp, Sylvain Wiltord, Lauren, Ray Parlour, Edu and Pascal Cygan in the retirement village.
Date:Friday August 24 2012
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