Super Falcons star, Oparanozie retires at 29

Former Super Falcons captain, Desire Oparanozie has announced her retirement from professional football.

The 29-year-old forward made the announcement through her social media account on Wednesday, 13th September, 2023.

She wrote: “To my fans, family, and friends, thank you for the show of love and support over the years. It’s time to take a bow, as I believe there’s no better time than now. I’m officially announcing my retirement from professional football for both club and country.

“To every team and coach I have played for, to every mate I’ve played alongside, and to every opponent I have played against, thank you all for being part of this incredible journey. Thank you football, thank you Nigeria.”

Oparanozie started her career at Bayelsa Queens in the Nigerian Women’s Championship. She scored 22 goals in 35 appearances for Nigeria.

Meanwhile in similar news…

Argentina forward, Lionel Messi has said that he wants to “enjoy every moment” of the remainder of his career and has no date in mind for when he will finally retire.

The 36-year-old won his first trophy with his new club, Inter Miami with a penalty shoot-out win over Nashville, scoring his 10th goal in seven games since moving to the Florida club in the Leagues Cup final.

Messi signed a two and a half year contract with Miami last month but he said he hadn’t even begun to think about his future beyond that deal.

Messi said in an interview with Apple TV+; “I’m not thinking about it (retirement) yet, to be honest. I like to play, I enjoy being with a ball on the field, competing, training.

“I don’t know how much more I’ll play, but I’ll try to take advantage until I can, until I’m well and then I’ll see. For later there is time to think, to analyze and choose.”

“Today the most important thing is to enjoy what’s left, whatever it is, it can be little or a lot. Enjoy every moment, especially because this is not coming back and then I don’t want to regret anything”.

Messi said that his experience so far with Inter Miami left him convinced he had made the right move when his contract with Paris Saint-Germain ended and he repeated his disappointment at his time in the French capital.