Former Brazil star Juninho announces retirement

Juninho, who played in each of Lyon's seven consecutive Ligue 1 titles from 2002 to 2008, is considered one of the best free-kick takers of all time. He won 40 caps for Brazil and represented the Selecao at the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

updated: January 31, 2014 11:41 IST
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Former Brazil international midfielder Juninho has announced his retirement from football.

Confirmation of the 39-year-old's decision came after his club Vasco da Gama defeated Audax 4-0 Thursday here in the state championship, reported Xinhua.

"I want to confirm Juninho Pernambucano's decision. We talked and he decided to end his career," Vasco's president Roberto Dinamite said.

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