Pape Kouli Diop ended his professional football career at the age of 37!

The midfielder puts down his boots. He posted it this Friday. Pape Kouli Diop, who announced his international retirement in 2017, will not be returning to the field to compete.

Through his Instagram account, the player shared the information this Friday, March 15, 2024. “With a heart filled with gratitude and emotions, I share with you a decision that marks the end of an incredible phase of my life. After 16 seasons and more than 500 games played, I decided to hang up my boots and therefore end my career as a professional soccer player. This trip was much more beautiful than anything I had hoped for in my dreams. »

Known for his passing skills, quick reading of the game, strength on the pitch and especially his caviar, Pape Kouli Diop has long had the technical qualities that make him indispensable in midfield. Unlike the national team, he will have more years of club career: 15 years. The midfielder played in two championships for a total of 8 clubs.

In France, where he began his professional career, Diop wore the tunics of Stade Rennais and Tour FC. In 2008, he joined Spain where he made a name for himself through Gimnastic, Racing, UD Levante, Espanyol Barcelona, ​​​​​​SD Eibar, UD Ibiza. With 320 games played in the Spanish first division, he is the African outfielder who has played the most games for LaLiga.

He also returned to his journey, thanking all the people who were with him on his journey, which he compares to a journey. “From my debut at Stade Rennais to the last game with UD Ibiza, every step on the pitch was a gift. I had the privilege of being part of different clubs in Spain and thus being able to represent my country, sharing unforgettable moments with great teammates and exceptional coaches. I would like to thank everyone who was part of this journey for their support and everything they gave me, both on a business and personal level. Special acknowledgment to my family and loved ones for their unconditional support during this transition. Nothing would be possible without you. »

Let us remind you that he announced his international retirement in 2017. For the national team of Senegal, he has 10 friendly matches, 5 in CAN qualifiers, 5 in CAN and 2 in World qualifiers. A total of 22 selections.

Pape Kouli Diop will celebrate his 38th birthday on March 19. For now, the player does not give any indication about his future. “This is not goodbye, but a sincere thank you for all the memories and lessons learned. I am excited to know what the future holds for me and I will carry all the moments shared on the court everywhere in my heart.”

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