Former Arsenal and France midfielder, Robert Pires has announced his retirement from football at the age of 42. Pires, who had a glorious career, was part of the France team which won the FIFAWorld Cup in 1998. He also won the European Championship with France in 2000. Pires was capped 79 times for France from which he scored 14 goals.
At club level, Pires started off his career by playing for Metz before moving on to Marseille and Arsenal. With the Gunners, he won two English Premier League titles and three FA Cups. Pires had spells with Villareal and Aston Villa as well. His spell with Arsenal, however, stands out as the highlight of his career. He spent six years in the club making 189 appearances and scoring 62 goals.
“I’m 42 years old …. We must say stop and above all must give way to young,” the former French winger said during an interview.
He also left his mark in Indian football by playing for FC Goa in the Indian Super League. He appeared 8 times for the club and scored one goal. Sports Rediscovered wishes Pires all the luck.
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