Phil Younghusband Announces Retirement from Football

At age 32, Phil Younghusband has announced that he is retiring from playing football.

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The Philippine Azkals player dropped the news on his Instagram account on Monday, November 18.

“Hanging up my boots! Thank you to my bosses, my coaches, teammates, competitors and all the supporters who have been part of my journey. See you all soon in a new adventure,” he wrote on his post.

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Phil played for the national team for 13 years and became the Azkal’s top goalscorer with a record of 52 goals and most appearances made with 108 matches. He also served as captain of the team for three years.

He is also the only Filipino footballer included in the list of international players who have scored more than 50 international goals, joining the ranks of globally-followed players Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Neymar. He earned his 50th international goal in his team’s match against Tajikistan in March 2018—a penalty kick that led them to victory and secured a slot for the Philippines in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.

(ALSO READ: Phil Younghusband Gets Married to Filipino-Spanish Model Margaret Hall)

He married his longtime partner Filipino-Scottish model Margaret Hall in July 2019 after being engaged for 1 and a half years. The couple had their wedding in England.

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