Former Liverpool and Man City striker Craig Bellamy retires
Former Wales international Craig Bellamy announces his retirement from football aged 34
Craig Bellamy has announced his retirement from football after losing the battle with injuries in recent seasons.
The Wales international, who scored 19 goals in 78 appearances for his country, has contended with a string of injuries over the course of his career, which saw him play for seven Premier League clubs.
Bellamy netted 169 goals in 543 career appearances, winning the Scottish Cup with Celtic in 2005 before lifting the League Cup during his second spell at Liverpool in 2012.
And the Cardiff City striker, 34, admitted his body was telling him that it was time to hang up his boots after playing his last game against Chelsea on the final day of the Premier League season.
“I guess over the years I’ve become accustomed to the pain from various injuries,” said Bellamy.
“But for the last three to four years I’ve been on anti-inflammatories every day.
“I’m not sure my body will think that’s a wise thing in due course, but it kept me playing for that period. However, the time has come to stand aside and say enough. My body can’t take anymore.”
Here are some of the Twitter tributes to Bellamy.
All the best to Craig Bellamy.. Love him or hate him he's an out and out winner and 1 of the best players I've played with at Blackburn!
— STEVEN REID (@stevenreid12) May 22, 2014
Honoured to have played with Craig Bellamy from his time at city. Great pro in training and class player! Good luck in the next chapter.
— Micah Richards (@MicahRichards) May 22, 2014