The 2018 Best Player announced his decision on his social media channels on Sunday evening
The iconic Spanish beach soccer striker, Llorenç Gomez, has announced his retirement from professional beach soccer.
In a statement released on Sunday evening, the 29-year-old said:
“After a magical decade, I’m leaving this amazing period of my life.
I came across professional beach soccer at 19 years old. I have run across the most extraordinary beaches and scored goals in the most important stadiums in the world.
The reason that I am retiring is the injuries that I’ve suffered, which have been diagnosed as degenerative, and I want to prioritise the quality of the rest of my life over my life as a professional athlete.”
He suffered the latest in a string of injuries during Spain’s FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup campaign, which will now stand as his final competition.
Following an incredible individual season in 2018, Llorenç was nominated as the Best Player in the World for that season. He has represented top clubs such as Kristall (RUS), Flamengo (BRA), Lokomotiv Moscow (RUS) and Barcelona (ESP), as well as scoring 205 goals in 165 games for La Roja.
Llorenç, you will be truly missed on the pitch, but the journey does not end here.
Thank you for everything. Gracias. Gràcies