Former Chelsea, Newcastle and West Ham striker Demba Ba has announced his retirement from football.
36-year-old Demba Ba who joined Swiss side Lugano in June, announced on Twitter that his “wonderful journey” had come to an end.
“It is with a heart filled with gratefulness that I announce the end of my playing career,” said the former Senegal international.
“Football has given me so many beautiful emotions. From the passion of the fans and the noise coming from the stands after every goal to the connection with my team-mates on and off the field. This will forever remain in my head and heart.”
Demba Ba joined West Ham from German side Hoffenheim in January 2011 after a failed medical scuppered a move to Stoke, but at the end of that season he moved on to Newcastle before heading to Chelsea in January 2013 where he was involved in ending Liverpool’s title hopes which will go down in Premier League history.
He left for Besiktas 18 months later before spells in China and back in Turkey.