Spanish midfielder Santi Cazorla said goodbye to big football at the age of 35 and after the expiration of his contract in Villarreal he will play for Qatar Al Sad. Only the 168 cm tall ball magician played the last match for the “yellow submarine” in Sunday’s final round of the Spanish league against Eibar and after the final whistle he found himself above the heads of his teammates.
The two-time European champion Cazorla is one of Villarreal’s famous characters, where he came at the age of seventeen and played for him, with the exception of his one-year engagement in Huelva in 2003-2011. He also demonstrated refined technique in England, where he was an Arsenal player for six years. However, his work there was marked by a serious injury to the Achilles tendon from 2016, after which he underwent eight operations and even threatened amputation of his leg due to gangrene.
After a break of almost two years, Cazorla returned to the lawn the year before last again in the Villarreal jersey, with whom he said goodbye on Sunday in a 4-0 victory with a pass to the first goal. His next place of work will be the Qatari Al Sad, who is coached by his former national teammate Xavi.
Together they won the title at the European Championships 2008 and 2012, Cazorla hernia deprived of the start at the Golden World Championships in 2010. The creative midfielder even returned to the national team with the captain’s armband after a four-year break last year, played a total of 81 matches in the national team and scored 15 goals.