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Dimitar Berbatov a passé quatre ans à MU (2008-2012). (P. Rondeau/L'Équipe)

Dimitar Berbatov prend sa retraite

L'attaquant bulgare Dimitar Berbatov, passé notamment par Tottenham, Manchester United et Monaco, a annoncé qu'il prenait sa retraite, ce jeudi, à l'âge de 38 ans.

Sans club depuis une dernière pige en Inde, aux Kerala Blasters, Dimitar Berbatov a annoncé sa retraite sportive, ce jeudi. L'attaquant bulgare (38 ans) a décidé de publier son « message d'adieu », sur Instagram, lors d'un « jour spécial » pour lui, puisqu'il avait inscrit un triplé le 19 septembre 2010 avec Manchester United contre Liverpool. Formé au CSKA Sofia, il a passé quatre ans chez les Red Devils, avec qui il a remporté deux fois la Premier League (2009 et 2011) et disputé une finale de la Ligue des champions (2009).
Passé également par le Bayer Leverkusen, Tottenham et Monaco notamment, Berbatov, meilleur buteur de l'histoire sa sélection (49 buts en 78 sélections), avait déjà pris sa retraite internationale en 2010.
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On this special day today, / if you don't know why, check the story / i decide to share this with you, which i was preparing to post a while ago, but didn't... I don't know why... I know some of you already thought that i retired, and now maybe you are like WTF Berbs we know that you don't play, but i did try to find something last year.. Didn't happened So, someone told me i need to say something, and seeing that people where asking me, especially back home, i need to give a farewell message! So, here it is! My last game was more then one year ago, so i think its the right time now to stop and its long overdue! Although when i think about it, its never The End, because i will stay in the game in one way or another, the time has come to say that after almost 20 years playing football i am stoping with my proffesional ACTIVE football career! I will miss it! I will fucking miss it! Everything! The games, trainings, the goals, preparations, the presure, my teammates... the roar of the fans when i scored another banger I was blessed and work hard to have the oportunity to play with one of the best ever and against some of the best ever! And coming from small country this makes it even more special for me! I had my highs and of course some lows in my career, won my fair share of trophies, score some goals along the way as well! I played the way i wanna play, and i scored the goals i wanted to score! Thank you to all the people who helped me develope, and became the player i always wanted to be! Thank you to all my former teams my teammates and my coaches and staff! It was a pleasure! I know at times i was not easy to work with, but i always gave my everything for the teams i played for! I hope you all have enjoyed my game, and everything i gave to entertain you on the pitch! Damn it, i will miss all of this, peopleee, because i love football so much... But i am sure you will miss me as well Thank you! DB9

Une publication partagée par Dimitar Berbatov (@berbo9) le 19 Sept. 2019 à 7 :18 PDT

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