Benni McCarthy retires

By Drum Digital
06 June 2013

Benedict Saul 'Benni' McCarthy announced his retirement from professional football. In a press statement Benni thanked all those that supported him and enabled him to have been in a position to have improved the lives of my family members through his soccer career.

“ It has been a 17-year professional career that surpassed even my own expectations and I’ve been privileged to have played under many great coaches, including the very best, Jose Mourinho.

McCarthy began his professional career at Seven Stars in Cape Town, he then went on to play in Holland, Spain, Portugal and England for clubs like Ajax Amsterdam, Blackburn Rovers and returned to South Africa to join Orlando Pirates.

“I have been so blessed to have enjoyed a remarkable career that took me from the township fields of Nyanga Stadium, to winner’s medals in the Uefa Champions League and World Club Cup - the highest levels that a player can achieve in club football.

“And to have come home to South Africa for a final chapter, and to have won the treble with Orlando Pirates, was the type of finale that only dreams are made of.

“Football is my life. I have played the game and I love the game…….it’s in my blood. For the next chapter, I’d like to concentrate on getting my Coaching Badges and at the same time, be part of a club where I can get practical experience. I’d also like to do some television work because I enjoy that aspect of the game as well,"said McCarthy

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