Deco announces retirement

Updated: August 26, 2013

Sao Paulo, Brazil (Sports Network) – Former Chelsea and Barcelona midfielder
Deco announced his retirement on Monday after spending the past few years in

The 35-year-old returned to Brazil in 2010 after a successful career in
Europe, and he has spent the past couple of seasons with Fluminense.

But on Monday, the Portugal international decided to call time on his career
after struggling with persistent injury issues.

Deco made his name at FC Porto by winning the UEFA Cup and Champions League
under manager Jose Mourinho.

He secured a move to Barcelona in 2004 and won another Champions League crown
with the Catalan outfit in his four years at Barca before joining Chelsea in
2008, where he won the Premier League and FA Cup double before departing for

Deco also earned 75 caps for Portugal during his international career, scoring
five goals.