Deco confirms retirement

Deco, when at Chelsea, relaxes during training on October 20, 2009
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Thirty-five-year-old midfielder Deco decides to call time on his career as a professional footballer.

Former Chelsea and Portugal midfielder Deco has called time on his career with immediate effect.

The Brazilian-born player made a name for himself initially with FC Porto, where he won the Champions League in 2004 under the guidance of Jose Mourinho.

His performances for the Portuguese club earned him a move to Barcelona later that summer and he would go on to spend four years at the Camp Nou, winning two La Liga titles and another European Cup in the process.

He then moved on to Stamford Bridge, but following the sacking of Luiz Felipe Scolari, Deco lost his place and was allowed to join Fluminense on a free transfer in August 2010.

However, at the age of 35, he has decided that he can no longer continue to train and play matches on a regular basis.

"My wish was to continue the campaign with Fluminense, but my body cannot handle pressure any more. I therefore announce my retirement," he said in a statement.

Deco made 75 appearances for Portugal at international level, scoring five goals.

Footballer Deco during a press conference for his new team Fluminense  on August 9, 2010
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