Eniola Aluko says she made decision to retire while on top in women’s football | Football News

“It was a crossroad decision and definitely a mental one rather than a physical one, I can still play,” says Aluko

Last Updated: 18/01/20 6:48pm

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Eniola Aluko says she made the decision to retire relatively early from professional football because she had reached the pinnacle of the sport

Eniola Aluko says she made the decision to retire relatively early from professional football because she had reached the pinnacle of the sport

Eniola Aluko says she made the decision to retire from professional football because she wanted to ensure she went out on top.

The 32-year-old, who won 102 caps for the Lionesses, left Juventus in December after nearly 18 months with the Serie A champions.

Aluko wrote a letter thanking football for the “crazy, unbelievable journey” it has taken her on during her career, which began in 2001 when she scored on her Birmingham debut as a 14-year-old.

Speaking to Sky Sports News, she explained how her decision to retire relatively early was based on her success with Juventus and her plans for 2020.

“There are a lot of reasons but the main one is that I always wanted to retire while on top.

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