Old Trafford and England full back calls it a day.
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Manchester United defender Gary Neville has announced his retirement from professional football.
Neville, 35, made 602 appearances for United since his debut in 1992 and won a total of 85 England caps.
“I have been a Manchester United fan all my life and fulfilled every dream I’ve ever had,” he said.
“I am disappointed that my playing days are at an end. However, it comes to us all and it’s knowing when that time is and for me that time is now.”
The right-back signed for United in July 1991 and made his debut for the club in September 1992 in a Uefa Cup tie against Torpedo Moscow.
He was part of a side including David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes which won the FA Youth Cup in 1992.
Along with those players, he became a first-team regular at Old Trafford, winning the Champions League, eight Premier League trophies, three FA Cups and two League Cups in his time at United.
Neville was appointed United captain in 2005, and also became the country’s most-capped right-back, playing under five different coaches.
A broken ankle sustained in a game at Bolton in March 2007 kept him on the sidelines for a whole season.
Although he battled back to make a further 33 appearances for the club, Wes Brown, John O’Shea and Rafael provided stiff competition for him at right-back.
He stepped down as team captain in September 2010, although he continued to fulfil that role off the pitch.
Announcing his retirement with immediate affect, he said: “I have played in the most incredible football teams, playing with some of the best players in the world as well as against them and I have been lucky to be a part of the team’s achievements and the club’s great success,” said Neville, who has struggled with injuries in recent seasons.
“There are so many people I want to thank and of course top of that list is Sir Alex Ferguson.
“He has given me so many opportunities and countless support over the last 20 years. He is truly one of the greatest managers and I have to thank him for that. (BBC Sport)
Clearly Gary Neville is the type of player who engenders strong emotions. For supporters of Manchester United he has been an excellent servant for the club, a consistent performer, a player with plenty of heart and an emotion and a genuine love for the city and the team.
For those who are not fans of the Old Trafford side is very much a figure of fun, a player who angers many opposition supporters but overall it can not be denied that he is a player who very much epitomises the Premier League generation.
What next for Mr. Neville? A career in management seems highly likely, maybe even one day back at Manchester United in some role.
Here below we have located a tribute video to Gary Neville for your viewing pleasure.