Martin Škrtel is a Slovak defender who has represented and captained the Slovakia national team. The Centre-back is best known for his time with Liverpool where he spent eight years.
At the age of 37 Škrtel was playing for Slovak Super Liga club Spartak Trnava. The Liverpool Player of the Year in 2011–12 has now announced his retirement from football.
An emotional Martin Škrtel said: “By coming to Trnava, I fulfilled my dream. I think that even at this age I still have something to offer the team and I could play at the top level.
“But then there is a medical condition. I have problems with plaques, they limit me not only in football, but also in my personal life. I don’t remember a day I spent without pain. I have been training and wrestling under pills and injections in recent months.
“I had a problem walking with my son a hundred metres. The pain is pretty bad. The worst issues are running, jumping and the impact. This is something we need in football. Therefore, I had to decide that the match with Dunajska would be the last. The last one not only in Spartak, but also in my career.
“I couldn’t imagine life without football, but it’s time to start following the mind, not the heart. We have only one health. I have civil life ahead of me and I want to have it on some level, not in pain.”