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At 35, French footballer Blaise Matuidi announced the end of his career on Friday. Author of nine goals in 84 caps with the France team, he is the first 2018 world champion to retire.
Former Blues midfielder Blaise Matuidi hangs up his crampons. Pillar of the 2018 world champions, the French player announced the end of his career on Friday December 23, becoming at 35 the first winner of the World Cup in Russia to make this decision.
Moscow’s heroes are down to just 22. “I’ve decided to put an end to my career as a professional footballer,” the former Paris Saint-Germain player explains in a lengthy video posted on YouTube, days after going support the Blues at the Mondial-2022.
This hardworking, left-handed midfielder with an impressive volume of play to compensate for a sometimes frustrating technique, was able to impose himself everywhere for seventeen years among professionals, and even in the France team, where coach Didier Deschamps counted on his loyalty and his sense of sacrifice.
“It’s never been easy for me. People have always waited for me, I didn’t necessarily have the technical qualities beyond the average, and you had to whip, constantly, to show that, mentally, at the level of the effort, the sacrifice, I was above the others. I think I have reached the pinnacle on this”, explains Blaise Matuidi in this video, in front of photos of his career, the jerseys he wore and some trophies he won, including a copy of the World Cup.
“The apotheosis, world champion. That, I had not imagined, I dreamed of it once, when in 1998, they raised it.”
Best Player 2015
Author of nine goals in 84 selections, the native of Toulouse has started 72 times in the tricolor jersey, even wearing the captain’s armband six times between 2012 and 2020.
From his debut in Troyes, in 2004, to his last title in 2020 with Juventus Turin, through his explosion at the highest level in Saint-Étienne, Blaise Matuidi has made all his clubs happy, winning five French championships. with Paris Saint-Germain, where he played from 2011 to 2017.
“The Trojan family is proud of you, Blaise. What a journey, what an immense career,” reacted Estac, his first professional club, on Twitter. “Bravo Blaise Matuidi for everything you have accomplished, from the Cauldron lawn to the roof of the world!”, Also wrote ASSE on the social network.
Elected best French player by France Football magazine in 2015 ahead of Antoine Griezmann and Paul Pogba, “Blaisou” ended his career in Blue with a draw against Turkey (1-1), at the Stade de France. He then chose to join Inter Miami for a final challenge.
But the Florida club dropped him from its roster for the 2022 MLS season, the North American championship, leaving him without a professional game since November 2021.
“Matuidi charo, Matuidi charo”
“I had the chance to play in the biggest European clubs, to wear the jersey of the national team, to make my family vibrate, to live from my passion and these are images that will remain with me”, affirmed the ex-French international.
He is the first 2018 world champion to announce his end of career: other veterans like Steven Nzonzi or Adil Rami are still evolving among professionals, while Benjamin Mendy, accused of seven rapes in England and awaiting his judgment, haven’t played a single game since August 2021.
“My head, my heart tell me to say stop and think about my family, my wife, my children, about this life that I have built. I think I have reached the end of what I am capable of bringing”, explains the former Parisian, known for his outstretched arms and bowed body celebration.
Blaise Matuidi will remain a locker room leader, smiling and lodger. His temperament will have given ideas to French rap. The rapper MHD notably paid tribute to him with a verse to his glory: “Matuidi charo, Matuidi charo”, revealing his attitude on the ground.
In recent months, Blaise Matuidi had developed his activities outside of football, notably creating an investment fund dedicated to supporting tech start-ups.