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World Cup winner Arbeloa retires aged 34

BBC Sport - 28 min 6 sec ago
Alvaro Arbeloa with the Champions League trophy after the final between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid in 2014

Former Liverpool, Real Madrid and West Ham defender Alvaro Arbeloa is retiring from football aged 34.

The Spanish left-back made three Premier League appearances for the Hammers last season before being released.

He won one La Liga title and the Champions League twice at Madrid before signing for West Ham last August.

"It's time to say goodbye," he said. "Physically I was ok to keep playing."

The full-back spent three years with the Reds before returning to Madrid, for whom he made his senior debut, in 2009.

He made more than 200 appearances in total for Liverpool, Madrid and West Ham between 2007 and 2017 and was capped 56 times by Spain.

He was part of his country's World Cup-winning squad in 2010 and helped them win both Euro 2008 and 2012.

In an interview with Spanish newspaper Marca