According to a report from The Nation News, Marouane Fellaini, the former midfielder of Everton and Manchester United, has announced his retirement from professional football.
The 36-year-old Belgian player, who earned 87 international caps and participated in two World Cups, had already concluded his international career in 2019. Fellaini began his journey in English football when he joined Everton from Standard Liege in 2008. After five successful seasons with Everton, he made a move to Manchester United in 2013. In 2019, he transferred to the Chinese Super League side Shandong Luneng.
Expressing his sentiments in a social media post, Fellaini described his footballing journey as incredible and expressed his gratitude for being able to play the sport he loves at the highest level. He expressed his pride in representing the clubs he had played for and considered it an honor to have donned the Belgian national team jersey at prestigious tournaments such as the 2008 Olympics, Euro 2016, and the 2014 and 2018 World Cups.
During his time with Everton, Fellaini featured in 141 Premier League matches, contributing 25 goals and 14 assists to the team’s cause. At Manchester United, he made 177 appearances across all competitions, scoring 22 goals. His contributions played a role in the club’s successes, including winning the FA Cup in 2016, as well as the Europa League and EFL Cup in 2017.
Marouane Fellaini’s retirement marks the end of a successful career in football, where he made a significant impact at both domestic and international levels. His physicality, aerial prowess, and goal-scoring ability made him a notable presence on the pitch, and he will be remembered for his contributions to the clubs he represented.