Swansea hero Michu forced to retire after ankle problems

Josh Challies

Swansea City have made quite an impression following their promotion to the Premier League in 2011 and not many players for the Welsh side have made as big as an impression as Michu.

The Spanish striker excelled during a three-year spell between 2012 and 2015 with the Swans, scoring 20 goals in 52 Premier League appearances and establishing himself as a cult-hero after making an immediate impression in English football – scoring 19 goals in his debut campaign.

Michu failed to continue shining in his second-year with the club though and endured a difficult spell on -loan with Napoli in 2014, making just three Serie A appearances before briefly returning to Wales and then sealing a permanent move to Spanish fourth-division side Langreo.

In 2016 Michu raised his cult-hero level even higher by joining Real Oviedo but he lasted just one-year with the club, confirming his retirement at the age of just 31 in a social media post after suffering with a chronic ankle problem.

Writing on Twitter, Michu said:

“According to medical reports, the current situation of my right ankle has come to a point where is [sic] has forced me to say goodbye to you as a professional football player today,”

“Even though I am saying farewell to you with much sorrow, I know that we will always be united. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of the magical moments that you have given to me during all this time.”

“I feel privileged to have fulfilled a dream that is shared by so many of us since childhood. The dream of becoming a professional player in this sort.”

Swansea fans will certainly remember him fondly and his record of six goals in his first eight Premier League games for the Welsh side will certainly take some beating.

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