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Makelele retires

Posted on: February 25, 2010

Claude Makelele when he was still playing for Chelsea

Claude Makelele has already set a date of expiration to his soccer life: the end of this present season. That is the announcement he made this morning in the headquarters of the team he is playing in now, Paris Saint-Germain. “This will be my last season. My career is over”, announced the 37-year-old midfielder, captain of the French team.
Since his debut in 1992 with Jean-Claude Suaudeau as a coach in FC Nantes, Makelele has passed through teams like Olympique de Marseille, Celta de Vigo, Real Madrid and Chelsea. In the Spanish team he had his best performance, and won two Ligas, one Champions League and some other important titles. His game just seemed to perfectly fit in Florentino Perez’s “galactic team”. Although not too technical, he has always been known for his powerful game, a wall that attackers had a very hard time passing on their way to the goal. His intelligence on the field helped him to always be in the right place at the right time. He was an example to follow and will always be remembered by the soccer fans all over the world.

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