Leicester Title Winner Okazaki To Retire At End Of Season

Former Leicester City striker Shinji Okazaki has announced he will retire from football at the end of this season.

Feb 27, 2024 - 10:16
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Leicester Title Winner Okazaki To Retire At End Of Season

The 37-year-old is currently on the books of Belgium side Sint-Truiden but has not played since December because of injury.

Okazaki played 36 times in the Premier League and scored five goals when Leicester City won their fairytale title in the 2015/2016 season.

Okazaki has also played for Stuttgart and Mainz 05 in the German Bundesliga.

He is Japan's third all-time top scorer with 50 goals in 119 appearances.

"I have a report for you all. I have decided to retire after this season," Okazaki posted on Instagram.

"He had been doing his best as a soccer player, but when he realized that his body was falling apart, he naturally felt that he had reached his limits."

"I feel that it was fate that I came to this club and that I decided to retire at this club. I hope we can talk about retirement again once the season is over. I will do my best to contribute to the team while aiming to return until the end of the season.

"I wanted to be honest with the people who support me, so I talked to the club and let them announce it early. In the end, I will do my best for the people who supported me.