Blanco Announces Retirement
Cuauhtemoc Blanco, the Mexican World Cup icon and star player with Mexico City's Club America, has announced his retirement. He said he has made the decision to play a last tournament as a professional in June 2014 and then make room for the new generation.
"I decided that the truth is I've had a nice career, but it's time to give young people a chance and, in particular, it's time to enjoy my family." said Blanco.
The 40 year old player, who scored a goal for Mexico in the World Cup in France in 1998, Korea and Japan in 2002 and South Africa in 2010, said this will be his farewell to the playing field, but not football, saying he hopes to continue in another way, perhaps as a coach or manager.
"Football has given me everything, thanks to it I have financial stability, I felt the joy and support of the people, that's what the most memorable thing about my career." Blanco said at the opening of his seafood restaurant, Pier 10 in Mexico City.
Known for his great skill in ball control, Blanco spent the bulk of his career with Club America, the team where he played at several points in his career including where he made his debut in 1992.
He returned to the Club America in 1998, after a season with Necaxa. He also played for the Mexican national team with which he scored the winning goal in the championship in the 1999 Confederations Cup against Brazil.
His achievements in Mexico prompted a move to Spanish football, where he was acquired by Real Valladolid. However, a knee injury during an elimination game at the 2002 World Cup cut short his participation in soccer abroad.
Once again he returned to Club America, where he won the championship in 2005. In Mexico, he also played with Veracruz and Santos in the first division, and with Irapuato, Dorados de Culiacan and UAP Lobos, his current club.
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