Former Man Utd And Belgium Midfielder Fellaini Announces Retirement From Football
Former Manchester United and Belgium midfielder Marouane Fellaini has announced his retirement from football at the age of 36.
Fellaini left Chinese Super League side Shandong Taishan at the end of his contract in December.
The lanky bushy-haired midfielder started his career at Standard Liege before going on to play for Everton, Manchester United, where he won the Europa League, FA Cup and League Cup, and Taishan.
Fellaini also won 87 caps for the Belgium national team.
In an Instagram post, Fellaini said: 'I am writing this post to announce that after a career of 18 years, I am retiring from professional football.
'But it all started long before these 18 years. I remember, like the day of yesterday, my first game as a child, the endless training sessions with my dad, my first selection for Standard de Liege, and my first selection for the Belgian national team. Time flies!
'It was an honor to have played for the Belgian national team at the Olympics of 2008, Euro 2016 and the World Cups of 2014 and 2018.
'I have played in front of the best fans in the world, and I want to take this moment to thank all of them for their unwavering support throughout my career. Your encouragement and passion have been a constant source of inspiration for me.
'All of this would have been impossible without my family, teammates, coaches, advisers and everyone who has been a part of my journey. Your love, guidance, support, and friendship have been invaluable. Thank you!
'As I embark on this new chapter in my life, I look forward to new challenges, but be assured, I will continue to support the beautiful game in any way I can.
'See you soon!