Marouna Fellaini is now a professional footballer, the former Red Devil confirmed via Instagram on Saturday afternoon. The 36-year-old Fellaini was without a club after his retirement from the Chinese Taishan.
“I am writing this message to announce that I am retiring from professional football after an 18-year career,” Fellaini said on Instagram. “But it all started long before these 18 years. I remember my first match as a child, the endless training sessions with my father, my first selection for Standard and my first selection for the Belgian national team. Time flies!”
“What an incredible journey it has been! I am so grateful to have been able to play the sport I love at the highest level. I am proud to have represented Standard in Belgium, Everton and Manchester United in the UK and Shandong Taishan in China. It was an honor to have played for the Belgian national team at the 2008 Olympic Games, the 2016 European Championships and the 2014 and 2018 World Cups.”
“I have played in front of the best fans in the world and I would like to take this moment to thank them all for their support throughout my career. Your encouragement and passion have been a constant source of inspiration to me. All of this would have been impossible without my family, teammates, coaches, advisors and everyone who has been part of my journey. Your love, guidance, support and friendship have been invaluable. Thank you!”
“As I begin this new chapter in my life, I look forward to new challenges, but rest assured that I will continue to support the beautiful game in every way I can,” he concluded.
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