Celta de Vigo goalkeeper Sergio Álvarez announced on Thursday his retirement from professional football at the age of 34 after failing to overcome the knee injury he suffered at the end of last season and which has kept him inactive ever since.
Covered by the players of the first team, managers and workers of the club, “O Gato” by Catoira closes his stage as goalkeeper of the first team, although he will continue to be linked to Celta in the future.
“You are one of us, nobody better than you represents the essence, values and philosophy of the club. If someone is worthy of thinking that it had a lot to do with the word Afouteza, I would think of you for your effort, for your dedication and for your spirit of improvement, “President Carlos Mouriño told him excitedly.
“Celta is part of my life, this club has given me values that I don’t know if I would acquire them elsewhere. I feel emotion, I come to say goodbye. This club is my family, ”said Sergio Álvarez, who won the semifinal against Manchester United in the 2016-17 season as“ the best ”memory of his time as a celestial.
“The most historic was that semifinal. Writing a new page in a soccer team story is valuable. It will remain for history because it is a new page, “said the goalkeeper, with a broken voice.
During the event, on the Balaídos lawn, an emotional video was projected in which family members and colleagues such as Iago Aspas, Rubén Blanco and Hugo Mallo spoke about Sergio.
“Where I am most comfortable and at ease is a football field, so I would have liked to say goodbye on the pitch but the circumstances did not occur. It was impossible, ”said the Galician goalkeeper, who revealed that in January he already began to realize that his retirement was close. “It was not the best, but it was the only decision we could make,” he said.