Former Arsenal & Barcelona defender Sylvinho retires from professional football

The Brazilian full-back has decided that it's time to hang up his boots after spending the past 12 months searching for a club
Former Arsenal and Barcelona defender Sylvinho has confirmed that he has ended his professional career with immediate effect.

The Brazilian had been out of work since leaving Manchester City in the summer of 2010 and has now given up hope of making a comeback, and issued a message of gratitude to Barca for giving him the opportunity to play at Camp Nou.

"Barcelona will forever have a place in my heart. I'd like to use this opportunity to thank the club for giving me the chance to play here. I enjoyed my time here and all the successes we achieved," the 37-year-old told the Spanish club's official website.

Sylvinho started his professional career with Corinthians and made over 100 appearances for the Brazilian side before moving to Arsenal in 1999.

He left the Premier League for Celta Vigo after two seasons and eventually arrived at Barcelona in 2004. The full-back won three La Liga titles, two Champions League trophies and one Copa del Rey during his spell at the Catalan giants.

The former defender left Barcelona for Manchester City in 2009, but was released on a free transfer last year and has now decided to hang up his boots.

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