Lucas Leiva, the former Liverpool midfielder, has retired from football at the age of 36 due to a heart condition. The Brazilian international played nearly 600 games during his 17-year club career. In 2007, Lucas joined Liverpool and remained at Anfield for a decade before moving to Serie A in 2017 to spend five seasons with Lazio. He returned to his childhood club, Grêmio, last summer, where he made 17 appearances and scored three goals before being diagnosed with a heart issue in December.
Lucas Leiva’s retirement
On Friday, Lucas announced his retirement, thanking Grêmio for their support in this challenging time. Although not retiring in his ideal way, he stays hopeful for the future, prioritizing his health.
Lucas, who signed with Liverpool for £6m in 2007, was a popular defensive midfielder among fans. He won a League Cup in 2012 and took part in the 2016 Europa League final. The Brazilian, a South American U-20 champion in 2007, accumulated 24 international caps and won the Coppa Italia with Lazio in 2019.
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