One of Mourinho’s Inter Champions heroes hangs up his boots

Macedonian player Goran Pandev has announced his retirement at the age of 39. The end of the striker seemed clear after a year without a team. Pandev played his last professional season at Parma in the Italian Serie B. The Macedonian has explained that he wants to dedicate himself to his family: “My eldest son is almost 13 years old and I only saw him in the breaks between one championship and another.”

Pandev was one of the key players in José Mourinho’s Inter treble in 2010. In statements to the Gazzeta dello Sport recalled his arrival at Inter. Pandev landed on the nerazuri mid-season after terminating his contract with Lazio. The Macedonian did not reach an agreement with Lazio to renew and they separated him from the team. Six months without training or playing. The dispute was taken to court which ruled in favor of Pandev. The striker explained the situation: “Football is strange: in a year you start badly, you don’t play, you’re out of the team and you don’t know what’s going on. And at the end of the championship you win the treble”.

In his future plans, football is still present. He admits that it is “the only thing he knows how to do”. He is not looking for a coaching career: “I see myself more as a director or a sports agent. I like working with young people and helping them, talking, watching the games”.

Pandev hangs up his boots after a career that began the 2000-01 season at North Macedonia’s Belasica. A legend with his national team, he retires after playing for Parma, Genoa, Galatasaray, Napoli, Inter, Lazio, Ancona and Spezia.

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