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The World Cup soccer player of Panama’s team Blas Pérez announced his retirement from professional soccer, after 18 years of successful sports career.
"Today with nostalgia I close a stage, but with the excitement of seeing what goes on," says the Panamanian striker's message after closing his soccer chapter at his loved club, Árabe Unido de Colón, the most successful national soccer team.
Perez's last match was played yesterday, when the Árabe Unido de Colón tied 1-1 with Tauro, being eliminated from the final of the Apertura 2018 tournament. The goal of the tie was scored by Blas Pérez, in the 92nd minute.
He added that "I was called crazy, deluded or that I was not going to make it. 18 years later I can say that what I imagined was nothing compared to what I experienced, but I could make it".
In his long 18-year career the Panamanian has been a football globetrotter.
He started in 1997 in Panama Viejo, continued in Envigado, Cucuta, Cali and Centauros Villavicencio, in Colombia; National of Uruguay; Hercules of Spain; Tigres, Pachuca, León, Indians, in Mexico, the Al Wasl in the United Arab Emirates; FC Dallas and Vancouver Whitecaps of the MLS; Blooming of Bolivia, Municipal of Guatemala and closed in 2018 with his return to the Arab Kingdom of Columbus.
"I have met many countries, people and cultures, but today I close this stage of my life as a professional soccer player, with my head held high and proudly thanking God for allowing me to get where I am," said Pérez in his emotional farewell message.
With the Panamanian team, Pérez was one of the architects for his country to reach its first World Cup, precisely this year in Russia.
The "Superratón", as Perez is known in soccer, did not leave aside those people who accompanied him on his way to soccer.
"With whom I have worked so much at the club level as the national team, I have nothing but words of gratitude, and without leaving aside the fans who with every congratulation or criticism inspired to try to make things better," he said.
With Panama, the striker scored 40 goals since his debut in 2001, with 20 years in the Panamanian team, with which he defended the colors in 120 games.
Finally, he thanked his family for all the support and sacrifice they made with him.
"I thank my family who with their support accompany me at all times, even if it means sacrificing valuable time at their side," he said.