Demba Ba has retired from playing football.
In an emotional statement (see below) posted about his Twitter Account, the former Newcastle United striker announced his retirement.
The now 36-year-old Demba Ba recently came to Switzerland three times, playing for Lugano in July and August of this year.
But the former Senegalese international has now called for time.
To everyone, including fans of the clubs he played for, Demba Ba says, “THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart.”
When he arrived at Newcastle United in the summer of 2011, the striker was landed on a free transfer as there was a clause in his West Ham deal that said he could go for free if he was relegated, which in fact happened in May 2011.
Demba Ba was excellent for Newcastle, scoring 29 Premier League goals and three sub-games in just 51 appearances.
The striker was a key figure when NUFC finished fifth in 2011/12.
Refusing to reward Demba Ba with an upgraded contract, Mike Ashley moved to Chelsea after just a season and a half as they activated a £ 7m transfer allowance included in his Newcastle United contract.
Good luck to Demba Ba in whatever he does next.
Demba Ba publishes personal statement on Twitter – Monday, September 13, 2021:
“16 YEARS LATER …
“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 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.
“I want to thank everyone I’ve met and helped me grow, all the clubs and management for giving me a chance, the fans for their tremendous support and my family and friends for their unconditional love.
“THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart.
“Praise be to the Almighty.