Uruguayan forward Sebastián ‘Loco’ Abreu retires at the age of 44 from professional football with the dispute, this Friday, of his last game with South America on the fifth date of the local Apertura Tournament, according to Sport 890 radio.
The former international, who played, among others, in the Uruguayan Defensor and Nacional, in addition to clubs from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, El Salvador, Spain, Greece, Israel, Mexico or Paraguay, says goodbye to his role as a player who started in 1994.
Sud América, a team recently promoted to First Division, is the thirty-first club in his extensive sports career, which also includes the jerseys of Minas -his hometown- and the Uruguayan national team, with which he won the Copa América title in 2011 and fourth place in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
«Everything I could dream of I ended up achieving by playing in Minas and I no longer had anything to give. I gave everything and being able to make the decision in force, active at 44 years old and with the team well placed, is the best way,” he told Ovación, the sports supplement of the newspaper El País.
Abreu will hang up his boots 26 years and 6 days after his professional debut, on June 4, 1995, when he played for Defensor Sporting. And he did it against Liverpool, the same team against which he will say goodbye this Friday.
The footballer remembered for the penalty kick that ‘scored’ in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa against Ghana, which qualified Uruguay for the tournament semifinals, leaves the pitch after wearing the shirts of Defensor Sporting, San Lorenzo, Deportivo de La Coruña, Gremio, Tecos, Nacional, Cruz Azul, América, Dorados, Monterrey, San Luis, Tigres and River Plate.
He also played for Beitar Jerusalem, Real Sociedad, Aris Salonica, Botafogo, Figueirense, Rosario Central, Aucas, Sol de América, Santa Tecla, Bangú, Central Español, Puerto Montt, Audax Italiano, Magallanes, Río Branco, Boston River, Athletic Club ( Brazil) and South America.
For all this, he has in his possession a Guinness record. He also alternated the role of player with that of coach, both in the Salvadoran Santa Tecla and in the Uruguayan Boston River.
Currently, Sud América is seventh, tied with Plaza Colonia (4), Fénix (5) and River Plate (6), all of them with 7 points. Abreu had managed to get Minas, his hometown, to host the South American home games this season. EFE. (JL).