Senegalese striker Demba Ba has announced his retirement from football.
Ba has been playing for 16 years and enjoyed some of his best days during his three and a half years in the Premier League. During these 16 years he played for 11 different clubs as well as for his national team.
He started his career in the fourth division of French football at Rouen. After scoring 22 goals in 26 games, he moved to the Belgian first division with Mouscron.
The striker only spent one season in Belgium, scoring eight out of twelve before joining Hoffenheim. In Germany, he started to attract attention, scoring 40 goals in 103 games.
During his time at Hoffenheim he was appointed to the Senegalese national team for the first time. He later made 22 appearances on the international stage and scored four goals.
In the middle of the 2010/11 season, Ba moved to West Ham United. He couldn’t save the Hammers from relegation, but his seven goals in 12 games were enough to keep him in the top division, with Newcastle United signing him.
It was with the magpies that he enjoyed some of his most productive years. He scored 29 league goals in a season and a half on Tyneside, helping them to fifth place – the highest since 2003.
He also formed a fatal partnership with fellow countryman Papiss Cisse in St. James’ Park. The duo was celebrated as a cult hero in Newcastle.
He moved to Chelsea in January 2013. With the Blues, he scored 14 goals in 18 months, most notably against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League and against Liverpool towards the end of the 2013-14 season.
The best goalscorer list for Bas was achieved in the 2014/15 season at Besiktas with 27 in all competitions. He soon moved to China before returning to the Turkish side for a brief loan.
He has been with Goztepe, Shanghai Shenhua and Istanbul Basaksehir since 2017. Last season he scored a goal in the Champions League in his team’s 2-1 win over Manchester United.
Now he has decided to end his playing career. In a statement published on Twitter, Ba said: “With a heart full of gratitude, I announce the end of my playing career.
“What a wonderful trip it was. In addition to all the sweat and tears I’ve experienced, football has given me so many beautiful emotions. From the passion of the fans and the noise that comes from the stands after every goal, to the connection with my teammates on and off the pitch, that will stay in my head and heart forever.
Ba ended his professional career with a total of 216 goals in all competitions.
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