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Liverpool cult hero Lucas Leiva bursts into tears after he’s forced to retire



Liverpool cult hero Lucas Leiva breaks down in tears after being forced to resign

Lucas Leiva, who made 346 appearances during a 10-year spell at Liverpool, has had to hang up his boots with a heart problem, the Brazilian midfielder has revealed

Liverpudlian cult hero Lucas Leiva has announced his retirement from football during an emotional press conference.

Speaking to reporters in his native Brazil, the midfielder revealed that a heart problem has forced him to hang up his boots. He said: “It was a difficult time. I think this is the first time I cry over this case.

“But I can only thank you. I finish where I want, not how I want. I’m sure a new cycle will begin. I had high hopes that it might reverse, but it didn’t. My health comes first.

Lucas returned to his home country last summer to join his youth club Gremio. In the second half of the South American season, he played 18 games, scoring three goals. Club president Alberto Guerra said: “I had prepared a nice speech, but I don’t know if I can say everything. I wanted to congratulate you on a successful career. I’m so glad you’re back to normal life.

“I would like to say on behalf of all gremistas that few have represented us like you have. That’s why so many people are moved by this moment. You are a great leader in the dressing room who we all respect.”

Liverpool, meanwhile, tweeted: “We are all with you @LucasLeiva87. Congratulations on a brilliant career and we wish you the best in your next chapter.

The 36-year-old took a break from the game after pre-season tests with Gremio revealed a heart problem. Further investigation prompted him to end his career.

In a statement posted on Instagram, he added: “In 2007 I moved to giants Liverpool who have been a part of my life for 10 years.

“And I’m very proud to say that Liverpool is my home today! I’m proud to be an English citizen with my family, I’m a Scouser.

After leaving Merseyside in 2017, Lucas joined Lazio and spent five years at Roma. With Brazil he collects 24 appearances and wins a League Cup, the Italian Cup and two Italian Super Cups.

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