Record-Breaking Bolivian Star Announces His Retirement

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Joaquin Botero has confirmed he will retire.

The Bolivian striker Joaquin Botero has decided to retire due to a lack of offers.

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The forward, who was the top scorer in world football in 2002 when he bagged 49 goals for Club Bolivar, and is also the Bolivian national team’s top scorer of all time, will not play beyond the end of this season.

In an interview with La Razon, a Bolivian newspaper, Botero explained that after leaving Sport Boys de Warnes in 2014, he has not played due to a lack of “good proposals”, so he thought the time was right to walk away.

“I wasn’t called by any club and that means there is no team to play for. Besides, at the age of 37 it becomes very difficult, so I decided to no longer play football and look for a different activity,” said the striker.

In his career he has played for Pumas UNAM, San Lorenzo, San Jose, and Club Bolivar – amongst others.

He says his fondest memories were as a striker with Pumas (2003-06), saying that then-boss Hugo Sanchez was the best manager he ever had.

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