Thursday 08 August 2013
Louis Saha, who played for six clubs in the Barclays Premier League, has announced his retirement on his 35th birthday.
"Want to thank all managers, all staff, all team mates, all opponents, all fans, for all support and love towards me during my football career," Saha said on Twitter. "I'm a proud man but without you all I won't be myself now. Thanks for the challenges, thanks for the help, thanks for the memories, thanks for the passion.
"I will stop to be call[ed] a professional footballer. Love you and thanks again."
Having joined Newcastle United on loan from Metz in January 1999, Saha moved to England permanently by signing for Fulham and his goals helped the side to promotion to the Barclays Premier League.
He stayed a further two-and-a-half seasons at Craven Cottage, scoring 26 goals in 74 League matches before Sir Alex Ferguson bought the Frenchman to bolster his strikeforce at Manchester United in January 2004.
At Old Trafford Saha won two Barclays Premier League champions medals in 2006/07 and 2007/08. He left for Everton in the summer of 2008 after 28 goals in 86 Barclays Premier League appearances.
At Goodison Park Saha scored 27 goals across three-and-a-half seasons before he joined Tottenham Hotspur in February 2012, where he scored three times.
His final Barclays Premier League spell was at Sunderland, where he had a frustrating time, being unable to find the net in 11 league appearances, all as a substitute.
In total Saha played in 289 Barclays Premier League matches, scoring 85 goals and is the third-highest scoring Frenchman in Premier League history after Thierry Henry (175 goals) and Nicolas Anelka (123).