Former Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio comes retired from football at the age of 33 after a brief spell with side Zenit St Petersburg.
Marchisio stopped his stay Juve last year after spending 25 years at the club in which he won seven Serie A titles in addition to four Italian Cups. He earned 55 caps.
Its a significant decision but a very tough one. It was right to show it. I chose to retire since I realised my body was no longer responding as the head desired, Marchisio told reporters at Juves Allianz Stadium.
He joined Zenit on a two-year deal a year ago but reduce his spell brief earlier this year due to a persistent knee issue after managing only nine appearances.
I spent unforgettable moments on the field… I thank Juventus and the other groups I played with, my team-mates, managers and trainers that gave me all of this, he added.
Here I lifted my most significant decorations. These are the feelings that will always stay within me