Augusto Fernández announced his retirement: "I will never stop being or feeling like a footballer"

Argentine midfielder from Cádiz Augusto Fernández announced his retirement at the age of 35 and after a long and fruitful 16-year career that began with his debut in January 2006 at River Plate.

In an emotional press release, accompanied by the president of Cádiz, Manuel Vizcaíno, the Cadiz coach, Álvaro Cervera, and his colleagues, the Pergamino media from Buenos Aires said goodbye to football after his second season at the Tacita de Plata club , where it came from Chinese Beijing.

Augusto Fernández said that the decision to leave football has been meditating and “shuffling” it for a long time and that he brought it to the attention of the “president, the coach and the companions” of Cádiz, who, as he said, recommended that he consider it because his “importance in the team went beyond just playing more or less.”

He revealed that he did so with his wife, his family and in solitude and that he wanted to postpone the decision “in order to compete every day” as he always did throughout his career, in which he was “all heart and then the head went” and in which his “drive” was “enthusiasm, passion and resilience” to maintain balance.

However, and after much thought, the international media with the albiceleste, with whom he was runner-up in the World in 2014, pointed out that now he must “be honest” with himself and, although he is physically well and many tell him to continue, “honestly” he is not feeling “the extreme passion” that always moved him.

For this reason, and despite the fact that his father told him “play until football leaves you”, Augusto Fernández considered that “it is time to close” because “life goes on” and “when one door closes another opens” and he prefers “to make this decision with integrity after having given everything”.

Augusto Fernández played in River until in 2009 he made the leap to Europe to the French Saint Etienne, where he played a single season before returning to Vélez Sarsfield in his country, from where Celta de Vigo signed him (2012-2016) and, from there, he went to Atlético de Madrid (2016-2018).

Two serious injuries to both knees with the mattresses marked the final stretch of the career of Augusto Fernández, who in 2018 left for China for a season before joining the club where he has played in the last two years and in which he has hung up his boots.

Below, the full text and the post of the midfielder:

“It is difficult to start writing in the end and much more to find the right words given the amount of mixed feelings I have.

It took many years to passionately and with all my energy making and living this beautiful way of life that football is, and today with a little nostalgia but with great personal satisfaction and gratitude, I choose and decide to close this stage. Undoubtedly, I was privileged to live from, by and for football, and even if I stop competing professionally, everything I have experienced, experienced and learned will accompany me for life. I will never stop being or feeling like a footballer.

With enthusiasm and passion as flags, I completely emptied myself, I gave everything, I made an effort, I surpassed myself, I won, I lost, I enjoyed and suffered … in short, I LIVED it … and I lived it with my heart, with intensity!!!

Now I must be honest with myself and with this beautiful sport, without forcing or resisting, accepting and choosing where and how long. It is only an end, a cessation of activity, a door that I choose to close, very proud and grateful. I toasted myself with respect and I get respect. That is my greatest triumph.

Eternal thanks to my family and friends for banking and accompanying me in this great story that far exceeded my own dreams!

Thanks to the different colleagues, coaches and leaders that I have crossed along the way.

And thank you @riverplate @velez @rccelta @atleticodemadrid @cadizclubdefutbol @afaseleccion @asseofficiel @beijing_renhe_fc for giving me the opportunity to grow and defend them.

Goodbye ⚽️❤️ “