After a glorious 20 years of stellar career in professional football, legend goalkeeper Petr Cech has decided to hang his boots from professional football at the end of the season. The 36-year-old former Czech Republic international announced his decision in a post on Twitter.
“This is my 20th season as a professional player and it has been 20 years since I signed my first professional contract, so it feels like the right time to announce that I will retire at the end of this season,” he tweeted.
Cech, who has been in Premier League for fifteen years, won 14 major trophies with the Stamford Bridge and Arsenal in Premier League and Champions League. He enjoyed prime of his career when was with Chelsea for 11 years, winning four Premier League titles and the Champions League.
“Having played 15 years in the Premier League, and won every single trophy possible, I feel like I have achieved everything I set out to achieve,” added Cech.
The magnificent goalkeeper, who moved to England in 2004 when he signed for Chelsea from French side Rennes, has a record 202 clean sheets in 443 PL appearances. He made 494 appearances in all competitions.
Cech also set a PL record of 24 clean sheets in his debut season 2004/05. He was awarded the PL Golden Glove after his side Chelsea conceded only 15 league goals in the entire season. He has another record of 228 clean sheets in all competitions for Chelsea, surpassing former England international Peter Bonetti’s 208 between 1960 and 1979.
After the club’s successful season, the keeper was out for three months following a dreadful skull fracture in collision with Reading’s Stephen Hunt in October 2006. He returned to the field with a protective head-guard, which became his trademark gear.
Cech signed for Arsenal in the summer of 2015 and has won the FA Cup in 2017 in his 110 PL appearances for the club.
“I will continue to work hard at Arsenal to hopefully win one more trophy this season, then I am looking forward to seeing what life holds for me off the pitch,” he said.
Cech is also the Czech Republic's most-capped player of all time with 124 appearances to his name.