Former Chelsea and AC Milan defender Alex da Costa has been forced into retirement no thanks to a knee injury.
Alex who won the Premier League at Chelsea has been without a club since leaving AC Milan in the summer and has decided to hang up his boots to avoid undergoing surgery on his knee.
"I would need to have surgery and then it would take nine months to come back. I just couldn't put up with that pain.
The former Brazil international joined Chelsea in the summer of 2004 from Santos and was sent out on loan for three years to gain a work permit at PSV, where he won three Eredivisie titles.
He returned to make his debut for Chelsea in August 2007 and went on to win the Premier League, two FA Cups and help the Blues reach the Champions League final in 2008.
Alex was later sold to Paris Saint-Germain in 2012 after having a transfer request accepted by the club and enjoyed a two-year stint at Serie side Milan before his contract expired at the end of last season.