Javi Fuego announces his retirement from football after 20 seasons

"It is the best time to say goodbye to a profession to which I have practically dedicated my entire life," says the former seven-club player.


His last team was Sporting, in whose quarry he was formed and where he began his professional career 20 years ago. There will be no more, at least as a footballer, because Javi Fuego has made public that he hangs up his boots at 37 years of age. "It is the best time to say goodbye to a profession to which I have practically dedicated myself throughout my life," he says in his farewell through social networks.

"I look back and feel very fortunate for everything I have experienced," he adds in his statement. "I leave with the feeling of duty accomplished, of having been a good professional and a good colleague. And I leave him with a clear conscience having put all my effort into each day of my career." Javi Fuego thanks all the clubs he has visited for "allowing me to fulfill the dream of any child: to enjoy professional football at the highest level" .

His debut with Sporting took place on May 4, 2002 in Leganés. It was testimonial because he played the last minutes of that game that the rojiblanco team won (0-2) replacing David Villa. From there, five seasons at Sporting (2002-2007) opened his professional career that continued at Levante UD (2007-2008), Recreativo de Huelva (2008-2010), Rayo Vallecano (2010-2013), Valencia CF (2013-2016), RCD Espanyol (2016-2018), Villarreal CF (2017-2019) and the last two seasons again at Sporting (2019-2021).

In total, nearly 600 games (587) as a professional divided between First, Second, Copa del Rey, Champions and Europa League, and with the Under-21 National Team with which he won the gold medal at the Mediterranean Games in Almería-2005.

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