Argentina's center-back Footballer Ezequiel Garay has announced his retirement. In a letter posted on his social media, he explained that he made this decision due to severe pain.
Ezequiel Garay, 34, made the decision to retire. The defender has decided to retire from professional football due to an injury that has plagued him for several years.
Garay had been without a club since leaving Valencia, but he was still wanted by other clubs. Getafe has recently been mentioned as a possible destination for the former Valencia defender. The Argentine confirmed that he is suffering from a hip injury and has decided to retire as a result.
"I would have liked to have retired later, but it wasn't to be. I've been struggling silently with this injury for three years. The pain was so severe that I couldn't even walk at times," he said.
"I have negotiated with different clubs for my return, but I can't... I feel I would be cheating that team, the fans, and myself," he continued. "My compromise is to get paid money for nothing, as two out of three games I probably wouldn't be able to play because of my injury. I started my career with honesty and I want to say goodbye in the same way," he added.
Garay thanked all of the clubs that allowed him to play, as well as the Argentina national team. Finally, he said a few words to his wife and children, to whom he will now devote his full attention.
Garay made 466 total appearances in his career featuring for the likes of Real Madrid, Valencia, and the Argentinian national team with 32 first-team caps.