After being out of work for two months, the 37-year-old Paraguayan center Lucas Barrios announced his retirement.
On September 10, local time, Barrios confirmed on his personal social media that he ended his 20-year career: “I would like to inform all my followers that a moment never imagined has come – farewell to professional football, ‘ said the former Dortmund player. “For 20 years, I’ve tried my best at every turn. Sometimes things go well, sometimes I screw up, but I’ve given everything for it.
Lucas Barrios started his career with the Argentine youth team and played for Tigre, Temuco, Tiro Federal, Cobreloa, Atlas, Colo Colo, Dortmund , Guangzhou Evergrande, Spartak Moscow, Montpellier, Palmeiras, Gremio, Huracan, Gimnasia, Defensa y Justicia, etc. His last club before retiring was Argentina’s Patronato.
It is worth mentioning that Barrios rose to fame in Dortmund in the Bundesliga from 2009 to 2012. In the past three years, the “Bumblebee” played 102 games in various competitions, scored 49 goals, and sent 17 assists, following Klopp. , Lewandowski, Kagawa Shinji, Gotze and others won two German league titles and one German Cup. He also got the opportunity to be selected for the national team. Starting from 2021, Barrios played 36 times for Paraguay , scoring 10 goals and sending 1 assist.
Looking back on the past 20 years as a player, Barrios is grateful. He thanked everyone in his retirement speech: “Thank you to all the teammates and coaches who have appeared in my career, each of you has benefited me a lot. Thank you to all the staff at the club for their attention and dedication to me. Thank you to my beloved Paraguay team, for whom I had the privilege of playing with our teammates for more than 8 years. Thank you to all the clubs who trusted me and became a part of them. Thank you to my family for their unconditional support over the years, thank you to me My friends, I love you so much!”
Barrios finally said that he intends to take the coaching post. “Today, I end a long career, but see you later. I will always be in touch with football and my new adventure will be as a coach. I hope to continue to have your support in my new challenge .”
“Thank you to all the clubs who have called me and expressed interest in signing me, but I have made a decision.”