Former Everton, Man Utd midfielder retires playing at 36

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The ex-midfielder for Everton and Manchester United, Marouane Fellaini, has declared his retirement from professional football.

At 36 years old, having earned 87 caps for Belgium and participated in two World Cups, Fellaini concluded his international career in 2019.

He initially joined Everton from Standard Liege in 2008 and later transferred to Manchester United in 2013. In 2019, Fellaini made a move to the Chinese Super League club Shandong Luneng.

“What an incredible journey it’s been,” said Fellaini in a social media post.

“I am so grateful to have played the sport I love at the highest level.”

Fellaini said he was “proud” to have represented the clubs he had and that it was “an honour to have played for the Belgian national team at the Olympics of 2008, Euro 2016 and the World Cups of 2014 and 2018”.

During his 141 Premier League games with Everton, he recorded 25 goals and 14 assists.

Fellaini helped United win the FA Cup in 2016, the Europa League in 2017, and the EFL Cup in 2017. In 177 appearances in all competitions, Fellaini scored 22 goals.