Brazil’s 2002 World Cup winner Lucio retires at 41

Brazil’s 2002 World Cup winner Lucio retires at 41

RIO DE JANEIRO: World Cup and Champions League winning defender Lucio announced his playing days were over on Wednesday, TV Globo of Brazil reported.

The gritty former Brazil full-back will be best remembered for his role in the 2002 World Cup triumph alongside Ronaldo, Ronaldinho and Rivaldo. He also enjoyed a storied club career that included Inter Milan’s Champions League and Italian Cup and Serie A succes under Jose Mourinho in 2010.

“It’s a special day for me, I’m retiring” the 41-year-old, who had recently been playing in the Brazilian regional leagues, said. Lucio also won a string of titles with Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich and racked up 104 international games for Brazil.

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