Fernando Gago decided to retire from professional football at the age of 34.
After recovering from several serious injuries throughout his career, the midfielder was currently playing at Vélez Sarsfield and played the second half of Sunday’s agonizing 2-2 against Gimnasia and Esgrima La Plata.
The footballer had been analyzing the decision for some time and communicated it to his teammates this Tuesday morning due to a lack of desire to continue training and playing professionally.
Pablo Cavallero, manager of the Fort, confirmed the news in dialogue with Closs Continental: “It is something hard and difficult to accept. We know the level of demand and what Gago transmits. Your retirement is a very great loss. He made a great effort to recover and showed his dedication. We lost a very important player“.
“It is a decision made, but it would be nice if you accompany us on a daily basis without competing. We are going to invite you as we did at the time and that you accompany us until December“Cavallero added.
“Fernando gave us so much more than we imagined. When the ball passed through it, the noise was different“, said the leader, highlighting the quality as a footballer of Pintita.
Gago had a great career, emerged in Boca Juniors, where he made his debut in 2005, and then emigrated to Real Madrid in 2006. In Europe, he also played in Rome and Valencia.
In 2013 he had a fleeting stint in Vélez and then returned to Boca Juniors until 2019, where the Fortín shirt was put on again until this final decision.
In his career he had to face multiple serious injuries, including the rupture of both Achilles Tendons and two ligament tears in his knees, but he never lowered his arms and returned to say goodbye on a playing field.
Further, He played a World Cup with the Argentine National Team, reaching the final in Brazil 2014. It adds a youth World Cup in 2005 and the Olympic Gold medal in 2008.