Demba Ba retires – “It has been a wonderful journey”

By FPL360


Last played for Lugano 

After scoring 193 goals in 439 games, Demba Ba has announced his retirement from professional football. The 36-year-old joined Lugano last June after his contract at Basaksehir was terminated in June. The forward played the majority of his games for Hoffenheim where he managed 40 goals in 106 games between 2007 and 2011. 

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Sven Bender (32, letzter Klub: Bayer 04 Leverkusen)

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Steven Defour (32, last club: KV Mechelen)

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Ibrahim Afellay (34, last club: PSV Eindhoven)

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Stéphane Ruffier (34, last club: AS Saint-Étienne)

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Yura Movsisyan (33, last club: Chicago Fire)

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Aleksandr Samedov (36, last club: Znamya Noginsk)

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Nikica Jelavic (35, last club: NK Lokomotiva)

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Ashley Williams (36, last club: Bristol City)

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Ivan Strinic (33, last club: AC Milan)

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Ron Vlaar (35, last club: AZ Alkmaar)

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Jonathan Pitroipa (34, last club: Paris FC)

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Jelle Van Damme (37, last club: KSC Lokeren)

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Christian Schulz (37, last club: Hannover 96 II)

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Florian Klein (34, last club: Austria Vienna)

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Jan Kirchhoff (30, last club: KFC Uerdingen)

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Nicklas Bendtner (33, last club: FC Copenhagen)

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“It is with a heart filled with gratefulness that I announce the end of my playing career,” Ba wrote on Twitter. “What a wonderful journey it has been. Besides all the sweat and tears I have faced, football has given me so many beautiful emotions. From the passion of the fans and the noise coming from the stands after every goal to the connection with my teammates on and off the field, this will forever remain in my head and heart.”

Ba accumulated €31.3 million in transfer fees added: “I wanna thank everyone I’ve crossed path and helped me grow, every club and management for giving me an opportunity, the fans for their tremendous support, and my family and friends for their unconditional love.” 




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