Former Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio comes from retired from football after a short bout with Russian side Zenit St Petersburg at age 33.
Marchisio ended his stay at Juve last year after spending 25 years at the club at which he also won four Italian walkers as well as seven Serie A titles. He made 55 caps.
It is a significant choice but a very tough one. It was right to show it at a very special place. I chose to retire since I realised that my own body was no longer responding as the mind desired, Marchisio told colleagues at Juves Allianz Stadium.
He joined Zenit on a two-year bargain a year ago but cut his spell short earlier this season due to a persistent knee issue after handling only nine appearances.
I spent unforgettable moments on the field… I invite Juventus along with the other groups I played with, my team-mates, managers and coaches who gave me all of this, he added.
Here I raised my most significant decorations. These are the feelings which will always remain within me