Alvaro Arbeloa retires from professional football

Former Liverpool and Real Madrid defender Alvaro Arbeloa has decided to retire from professional football.

Alvaro Arbeloa
Alvaro Arbeloa

The Spain international won the 2010 FIFA World Cup and two European Championships in 56 appearances for his country.

He also won multiple trophies at Spanish champions Real Madrid, including one league and two Champions League titles.

Arbeloa signed a one-year contract at West Ham after being released from Madrid last August but made just four appearances for the London side.

"It's time to say goodbye," Arbeloa told Marca. "Physically I was ok to keep playing."

Arbeloa made more than 150 appearances for Madrid in two stints at the club and is open to a return to the Bernabeu.

"Madrid is the club of my life, I will never call to ask for a job, but I am always available to offer myself," Arbeloa added.