Former Lyon and Brazil ace retires aged 39.
Brazilian midfielder Juninho Pernambucano has called time on his illustrious playing career aged 39.
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The mercurial playmaker is currently in his third spell with Vasco Da Gama and and the club’s president, Roberto Dynamite, confirmed Wednesday’s 4-0 win at Audax would be Juninho’s last game.
“I want to make the official decision of Juninho Pernambucano. Talked and he decided to end his career. On Monday, the player will give a press conference to say goodbye as athlete’s Vasco,” Dynamite told Estadio.com.br [quotes via Google Translate].
Juninho, famous for his stunning set pieces spent eight seasons in Europe with Lyon, bagging 75 league goals – many of them direct free-kicks – in 248 matches.
The 40-cap Brazil international also played for New York Red Bulls and Qatari club Al-Gharafa.
In celebration of Juninho’s illustrious career, here are his 75 best free-kicks: