Ex-Liverpool MF Lucas Leiva retires due to heart problems
Gremio midfielder Lucas Leiva has announced his retirement from football due to a heart condition.
Lucas, 36, hadn’t played since December, when a routine medical exam revealed a heart abnormality.
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The former Liverpool man only returned to Gremio, the club where he started his career, in July 2022 after 15 years in Europe.
“I thank Grêmio for all the support over these three months,” said an emotional Lucas at Friday’s press conference. “I am announcing my retirement.
“It’s been a difficult time. It’s the first time I’ve been crying in this case. I’m grateful for all this career time. I’m ending up where I’d like, but not in the way I’d like.
“I’m sure that the new cycle will also get off to a brilliant start. Thanks for everyone’s patience. I had high hopes that I could undo it, but that wasn’t the case. My health comes first.”
Lucas, who made 24 appearances for Brazil, joined Liverpool in 2007 from Gremio.
In his 10 seasons with the club, he made 345 appearances for the Reds.
Lucas was named Liverpool’s Young Player of the Year in 2010 and Fans’ Player of the Year in 2011.
“We are all with you, Lucas Leiva.” Liverpool wrote in a social media post. “Congratulations on a brilliant career and we wish you the very best in your next chapter.”
He joined Lazio in 2017 and won the Coppa Italia and two Italian Super Cups during his five seasons in Rome.
Gremio President Alberto Guerra has left the door open for Lucas to remain at the club in another role.
https://www.espn.com/soccer/brazil-bra/story/4903137/ex-liverpool-brazil-lucas-leiva-retires-due-heart-condition Ex-Liverpool MF Lucas Leiva retires due to heart problems