Former Spain international Mista retires from football

The Spaniard has called time on his playing career after failing to make his mark over the last 12 months following a pubis injury
Former Spain and Valencia striker Mista has announced he has decided to hang up his boots.

The 32-year-old was persistently afflicted by a pubis injury after joining MLS side Toronto FC in the summer of 2010 which prevented him from performing to the best of his abilities.

Mista, who was without a club after being released by Toronto in November, has put an end to his career as he feels he would not be able to return to his old level.

"I saw that I could not perform to the level I would like, so I do not want to be dragging myself," he is quoted by news agency EFE as saying.

The Spanish striker, who has two international caps to his name, played an integral piece of the Valencia squad who won La Liga in 2001-02 and 2003-04.

He also helped the Mestalla outfit win the Uefa Cup and the European Super Cup, both in 2004, having also had disappointing spells at Atletico Madrid and Deportivo Coruna.