As announced on his Instagram, Nacho Monreal has hung up his boots.
Nacho Monreal spent the past season on the sidelines following a knee injury. In an emotional message that appeared on his social media, he announced his retirement from professional football:
“36 years playing football. 16 as a professional. Squeezing my body and taking it to limits that I would never have imagined.
My knee sends me a message loud and clear; I cannot continue! Do I get mad? No. I listen to it and accept the situation and thank it for everything.”
Monreal came through the Osasuna youth system before making his professional debut in 2006 for the senior side. He accumulated nearly 150 appearances for the club before signing for Málaga in 2011. The Spaniard played for Arsenal between 2013 and 2019, where he made 251 appearances in all competitions and won three FA cup titles.
He signed for Real Sociedad in 2019, which proved to be his last professional football club.