Miguel Pérez Cuesta, better known as Michu, has confirmed his retirement from football via social media at the age of 31.
The Asturian striker, who had a solid career at Celta before coming to international attention with prolific spells at Rayo and Swansea – earning a call-up to the Spain national side on the way – has been plagued by a serious knee injury he sustained at the height of his late-career fame and leaves the game at the same club where he came through the ranks, Real Oviedo.
Michu: "I feel privileged to have achieved this dream"
“Although it pains me to say goodbye, I know we will always be united. From the heart I give thanks for all the magical moments that I have been gifted during this time. I feel privileged to have realized the dream of so many kids to become a professional footballer.”
Referring to Oviedo, who Michu rejoined last summer after a spell at third division Langreo, the striker said: “Everything I have been able to achieve on the pitch is because of what this club taught me.”
Michu scored 100 goals in 387 club appearances and earned his one Spain cap in October 2013. He plans now to take his coaching badges and seek a return to the sport in a managerial or directorship position.