Berbatov announces his retirement

19 Sep 2019

Striker who won Golden Boot with Man Utd, in between spells with Spurs and Fulham, calls time on playing career

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Dimitar Berbatov has announced his retirement from football.

The former Bulgaria international enjoyed 10 seasons in the Premier League with Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and Fulham, scoring 94 goals in 229 appearances.

The 38-year-old won two titles during his five-season spell at Man Utd, for whom he won the Golden Boot after scoring 20 goals during the 2010/11 campaign.

"My last game was more then one year ago, so I think it’s the right time now to stop, and it’s long overdue," said Bulgaria’s record goalscorer.

"When I think about it, it's never the end, because I will stay in the game one way or another."


Known for his languid playing style and sublime skills, Berbatov is one of only five players to have scored five goals in a single Premier League match.

He achieved this feat in Man Utd’s 7-1 victory against Blackburn Rovers on 27 November 2010.

He retires nine years to the day after scoring a hat-trick in a 3-2 victory over Liverpool at Old Trafford that included a spectacular overhead kick.

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