Rio de Janeiro: Former Portugal international midfielder Deco has revealed plans to retire from football at the end of 2013.
Deco, 36 next month, admitted he could no longer guarantee the quality of performances that made him one of the world's most influential midfielders during spells at Porto, Barcelona and Chelsea.
"In football, time is short. It makes me nostalgic thinking about it," Deco told TV Globo. "But there comes a time when you are no longer able to compete with the same strength and intensity.