Ex-Chelsea And Newcastle Striker Demba Ba, 36, Retires From Football

Obinwannem News Ex-Chelsea And Newcastle Striker Demba Ba, 36, Retires From Football

Ex-Chelsea and Newcastle striker, Demba Ba, has quit playing aged 36, just three months after joining Swiss side Lugano.

The Senegal star netted one of the Premier League’s most iconic goals, punishing a Steven Gerrard slip as Liverpool blew the title in 2013-14.

Announcing his retirement, Ba posted to that his heart is filled with gratefulness following a 16-year career at the top.

But that was the last emotion Gerro and Co felt seven years ago when the Reds lost 2-0 at Anfield to Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea side.

Mourinho’s tactical grip frustrated Liverpool on the break, never more so than when Gerrard lost possession on halfway and Ba strode clear to slot the Blues in front.

The England midfielder’s despair as his last big chance of finally winning the Prem faded was clear on TV screens across the country, Manchester City snatching the crown by two points the following month.

If it was Gerrard’s most notorious moment of failure, it was Ba’s most famous moment of success.

And looking back on his overall achievements, Ba posted on Twitter: “It is with a heart filled with gratefulness that I announce the end of my playing career.”

Mazi Akuma Chibuike reporting, Obinwannem News writer / September 14, 2021

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