Former Liverpool centre-back Martin Skrtel has announced he is retiring from professional football after a 21-year career.

May 17, 2022

‘It’s time to start following the mind, not the heart’: Former Liverpool centre-back Martin Skrtel retires at the age of 37 citing health reasons after a 21-year playing career

  • Martin Skrtel spent eight years on Merseyside, making 320 appearances in total
  • He departed Liverpool for Fenerbahce in 2016, where he spent three seasons
  • He returned to Spartak Trnava in his home country last summer but has been forced to call time on his playing career 
Martin Skrtel (pictured) has called time on his 21-year long playing career citing health reasons

In an emotional press conference, via Sport SK, Skrtel said: ‘By coming to Trnava, I fulfilled my dream. I think that even at this age I still have something to offer the team and I could play at the top level.

‘But then there is a medical condition. I have problems with plaques, they limit me not only in football, but also in my personal life.’

I don’t remember a day I spent without pain. I have been training and wrestling under pills and injections in recent months,’ he added. 

‘I had a problem walking with my son a hundred metres. The pain is pretty bad. The worst issues are running, jumping and the impact. This is something we need in football. 

‘Therefore, I had to decide that the match with Dunajska would be the last. The last one not only in Spartak, but also in my career.’

‘I couldn’t imagine life without football, but it’s time to start following the mind, not the heart. We have only one health. I have civil life ahead of me and I want to have it on some level, not in pain,’ he concluded.