Former Arsenal, West Ham United and Barcelona defensive midfielder Alex Song has announced his retirement from professional football aged 36. The player last featured for Djibouti Premier League club Arta Solar 7, captaining them to their first league title in 41 years before calling it a day.
Only days ago, he was seen visiting the Emirates Stadium, where he once played with Arsenal. The midfielder took to social media to post an official statement, confirming the end of his professional career.
Alex Song retires from professional football aged 36
Song made a name for himself with the Gunners, playing over 200 games for them before earning a move to Barcelona in 2012. He lifted the LaLiga title with them, as part of what is considered the greatest club side in history, and won the Supercopa the following year before being loaned to West Ham United in 2014.
He spent two years each with the Hammers, Rubin Kazan and Sion FC of Switzerland before joining Arta Solar in 2020.
Alex Song also represented the Cameroon national team 49 times, representing them at the 2008 Olympics and the FIFA World Cup in 2010 & 2014.
The former Barcelona player expressed his gratitude for the support that allowed him to have a successful career. And now, he will be embarking on a new chapter of life beyond the pitch.