Leicester City captain Wes Morgan has retired from football.
The 37-year-old has hung up his boots after nine years at the King Power Stadium. During his tenure as captain, the Foxes lifted the English Premier League and FA Cup for the first time in their history.
Leicester surprised the whole world when they defied the odds to clinch the title in the 2015/16 campaign. He became the first Jamaican in history to win the Premier League and also be named in the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) Team of the Year.
Speaking to Italian media after hearing the news of Morgan’s retirement, former Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri had nothing, but praise for the defender.
‘’Wes is a big gentle bear who looks after all the lads. He does not speak so much, but when he does speak, everybody listens.
“He is the perfect captain. I never knew anything about him before I went there, but I watched all the matches and saw how solid, strong and intelligent he was.”
Morgan also sent a heartfelt message to everybody at Leicester and looked back at his journey with the former champions. He made 277 league appearances for the club, scoring 11 goals in the process. He led the FA Cup trophy parade on Sunday afternoon and bid farewell to the fans.
“Apologies for not making the Champions League spots. We’ll come back better and stronger, don’t worry about that.
“When I arrived, I had aspirations of playing in the Premier League. We’ve done a lot more than that, we avoided relegation against all odds, played in the Champions League, won the FA Cup, and won the Premier League. Thank you to my team-mates for helping me achieve my dreams, thanks to the supporters, we couldn’t have done it without you.
“Thanks to Brendan Rodgers and the staff behind the scenes, thanks to Top, and thanks to Vichai.”
Liverpool’s 2-0 victory against Crystal Palace on Sunday meant that Rodgers’ side finished the season outside of the top four and will therefore miss out on Champions League football next season.
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