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Argentine Lavezzi retires

  • Published at 04:27 am December 14th, 2019
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Ezequiel Lavezzi

Ezequiel Lavezzi played 51 times for Argentina and was in the starting lineup when they lost the 2014 World Cup final to Germany

Argentine international forward Ezequiel Lavezzi confirmed Friday that he was retiring from playing at the age of 34, ending "the most amazing phase life has given me."

Lavezzi played 51 times for Argentina and was in the starting lineup when they lost the 2014 World Cup final to Germany. 

He played five seasons at Napoli and five at Paris Saint-Germain before finishing his career in Hebei Fortune in China where he was, when he arrived, the highest-paid player in the world. 

Lavezzi made his last appearance for Heibei on November 27, scoring as the team lost to champion Evergrande in the penultimate round of the season. 

After the game he said he was considering retiring.

Thursday, he confirmed that he had made the decision with a post on his Facebook page, accompanied by photos of goal celebrations in Argentina, Italy, France and China, and in a tweet.

Wikileaks revealed that when he moved from Paris to Heibei in February 2016 it was for an estimated salary of 53m euros ($59m) over 23 months.