Former PSG and Napoli star Lavezzi announces retirement
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Former PSG and Napoli star Lavezzi announces retirement

Argentine striker Ezequiel Lavezzi has announced his retirement from professional football.

Lavezzi had suggested last month that he could end his playing career after their final game of the season with Hebei saying he wanted to spend more time with his family.

In a post on Twitter, Lavezzi said: "They were amazing years of this story. Years marked by learning, unique moments and lots of memories that will stay in my heart for good.

"I am forever grateful for those who have stayed by my side throughout this journey. With lots of joy, I say goodbye to the most amazing phase life has given me. I've been extremely happy!"

The former Argentina international, who won 51 caps for his country and reached the finals of the 2014 World Cup and 2015 and 2016 Copas America.

Lavezzi moved to Hebei China Fortune in 2016 after four years with Paris Saint-Germain, with whom he won four Ligue 1 titles, two Coupes de la Ligue, two Trophees des Champions and the Coupe de France.

He was previously part of a formidable attacking trio with Napoli, alongside Edinson Cavani and Marek Hamsik, and won the Coppa Italia in 2012 with a 2-0 win over Juventus in the final.

Lavezzi started his career with Rosario Central before spending a year with Estudiantes and three with San Lorenzo, where he won the 2007 Clausura title.