Arda Turan announces his retirement
The Turkish midfielder announces his retirement from professional football. Part of the Atleti La Liga champions in 2014, wore our jersey between 2011 and 2015.
Arda Turan (Istanbul, 30 January 1987) has decided to put an end to his time as a professional footballer at the age of 35. A special and charismatic player who won the affection of our fans during the four seasons he played for the Red & White between 2011 and 2015.
The summer of 2011 saw the arrival from Turkey of a young playmaker who had already shown his first signs of success in the Ottoman country and in the Champions League with Galatasaray. He fitted perfectly into Simeone's system in which he played on the left wing. A left flank that would become for several years an area of constant danger in Atleti's play thanks to Arda's partnership with Filipe Luís.
Arda Turan played a total of 178 games for Atleti in which he contributed a total of 22 goals and 32 assists. During his career, he won the Europa League in 2012 after beating Athletic Bilbao in the final by 3-0. Thanks to that win, Arda was also part of the European Super Cup title after beating Chelsea 4-1.
At national level, the Turkish midfielder was also an important part of the titles won by our team. He was present in the historic 2-1 win over Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu in the 2013 Copa del Rey final and in the corresponding Spanish Super Cup title in which we beat Real Madrid again. A season later, he also managed to lift the league title with our club on the final matchday at the Camp Nou.
Following his decision, Arda Turan brings to an end a career of more than 400 club appearances and more than 100 appearances for the Turkish national team. From the club, thank you very much for being part of our history and good luck in your next challenges.