Eniola Aluko, Nigerian-born England striker, retires at age 32

Eniola Aluko, Nigerian-born England striker, retires at age 32

Eniola Aluko has finally called it a day in her footballing career after she left Juventus 18 months into a two-year contract to return to England.

The 32-year-old had spells with Birmingham, Charlton and Chelsea, winning five FA Cups and three English titles.

The Nigerian-born striker also played in the United States with Saint Louis Athletics, Atlanta Beat and Sky Blue FC, and won the league and domestic cup in Italy.

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She has one 102 caps for the England national team and regarded as one of the greatest women players after featuring in three World Cups, two European Championships and the 2012 Olympic Games for Great Britain.

Her England career nose-dived after accusing former coach Mark Sampson of discrimination in 2016.

But she moved up in her club career with Juventus and her final major trophy was the Supercoppa Italiana in less than three months ago.

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“I very much feel like I’m ending on a high, with a sense that there’s not much more I can do in the game,” she told the Guardian. “There is nothing that could motivate me to keep playing for another two or three years aside from a love of the game, which is something I can express through other avenues.

“I spoke a lot to Karen Carney and Claire Rafferty, two mates and former England internationals who retired at the end of last season. I asked them when they knew the time was right for them to hang up their boots and they both said they knew about six months before, which has also been my experience. I think when you know, you know. You get the feeling that it’s enough.”

Aluko recently recently completed Uefa’s Executive Master for International Players, and has been preparing for a second career as a director of football.

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“The truth is that I feel ready for the next period of my life, and I feel very excited,” she said. “There is a new chapter about to start for me, one that will be full of fresh challenges. As my playing career comes to an end, I feel a real sense of closure.”

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Kalidou Koulibaly has reportedly completed a move to Premier League giants Manchester United in a deal worth just over £60m.

Reports in Italy claim that Napoli center-back who has been linked with Tottenham and Arsenal has opted to join the Red Devils.

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