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Former Roma attacker Bojan Krkic announces retirement from football

ROME, ITALY - OCTOBER 01: Bojan Krkic of AS Roma celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Serie A match between AS Roma and Atalanta BC at Stadio Olimpico on October 1, 2011 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)
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Former Barcelona, Roma, and Stoke City attacker Bojan Krkic has officially called it quits on his playing career, announcing his retirement after nearly two decades of top flight football.

Once dubbed as the “New Messi”, the Spaniard made the announcement earlier today during an event with his boyhood club.

“I am now 32, and after learning and experiencing so much, I wish to announce the end of my career as a professional footballer,” Krkic told Barcelona’s official website.

“Life is about stages” he continued. “One has to be honest and realistic to oneself. These decisions are not easy. I have been away from home for 12 years and I feel fulfilled professionally.”

Adding, “My decision has nothing to do with injuries or physical issues, I’m 100% fine. I wanted to enjoy the next stage of life closer to my family.”

Krkic became one of the first acquisitions following the arrival of former Giallorossi president James Pallotta in 2011. He’d go on to tally 7 goals and 1 assist in 37 total appearances with Roma.

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