Former Liverpool Midfielder Lucas Retires Due To Heart Concerns

By Chimezie Nebolisa

Lucas Leiva has announced the end of his playing career after undergoing tests for a heart problem.

The former Liverpool and Lazio midfielder was forced to withdraw from training at Brazilian club Gremio in December after the discovery was made during a routine screening.

In a press conference, Lucas confirmed he has decided to call time on his playing days.

He said: "Firstly I would like to thank Gremio for all the support in these three months. Today, I am announcing my retirement. It's been a difficult period, I think this is the first time I've cried over this case. But I can only thank you. I'm ending where I'd like, not the way I'd like. But I'm sure a new cycle will begin. I had a lot of hope that it could reverse, but it was not the case. My health comes first."

Lucas made 337 appearances during a 10-year spell with Liverpool before joining Serie A giants Lazio in 2017.