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Claudio Pizarro announces retirement from professional football after the 2019-2020 season

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After a long and successful career, the 40-year-old finally has decided to bid adieu to professional football.

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Bundesliga icon and Bayern Munich legend Claudio Pizarro ruled out a a move from Werder Bremen and has announced his retirement from professional football, while speaking to the media on Friday. The Peruvian will play for Werder Bremen this season, but is set to hang his boots in 2020. (via OneFootball)

This will be my last season, definitely. I feel good, but it’s enough.

Throughout his career, Pizarro has created and broken many records. In 2010, he broke Giovane Élber’s record of most goals scored by a non-German player, which was later surpassed by Robert Lewandowski and is currently the fifth highest and the oldest goalscorer in the history of the league with 197 goals.

He spent most of his career in Germany, with four spells at Bremen and two at Bayern, and was part of the Bavarians’ Champions League winning squad in 2013. If Bremen does not win a trophy the coming season, Pizarro will be bidding goodbye with a total of 17 trophies, 16 of which were won at Bayern.

Let’s thank him for his contributions to the club and the league and for all those wonderful memories that we can cherish.

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