Martin Petrov announces retirement

Martin Petrov of Manchester City during the UEFA Cup 1st Round 1st Leg Qualifying match between EB/Streymur and Manchester City at the Torsvollur Stadium on July 17, 2008
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Bulgarian winger Martin Petrov decides to retire from professional football with immediate effect at the age of 35.

Former Manchester City and Bulgaria winger Martin Petrov has confirmed that he has decided to retire from football after nearly 20 years as a professional player.

Petrov, who has also played for Atletico Madrid and Bolton Wanderers, said that he is unsure whether he will stay in football, but will stop playing with immediate effect.

"Everything has a beginning and an end," Petrov told reporters. "I think it's time to stop playing football. I haven't yet decided what I'll be doing from now on."

Petrov scored 19 goals in 90 appearances for Bulgaria.

Jack Colback of Sunderland attempts to block the shot of Martin Petrov of Bolton Wanderers during the FA Cup with Budweiser Third Round match between Bolton Wanderers and Sunderland at the Reebok Stadium on January 5, 2013
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