Evra Announces Retirement From Football
Former Manchester United and France left back Patrice Evra has announced his retirement from professional football at the age of 38 and will pursue a career as a coach.
Evra last played for West Ham United in the second half of the 2017/2018 season but was released after five games and has been without a club since.
Evra is widely recognised as one of the greatest left backs in Premier League history, cementing legendary status at Manchester United, where he played for eight-and-a-half seasons.
Evra won five Premier League titles at Old Trafford under Sir Alex Ferguson, and also added the 2008 UEFA Champions League to his impressive trophy haul at the club.
"My playing career is officially over," he told Gazzetta dello Sport.
"I started training for the UEFA B Coaching License in 2013, now I want to finish it and then go on to get the UEFA A license.
"In a year and a half, if everything goes well, I'll be ready to lead a team. Sir Alex Ferguson had predicted at the time that two of his players would become coaches of a high level: Ryan Giggs and Patrice Evra."
The former France international, who won 81 caps for his country, left Old Trafford for Juventus in the summer of 2014, winning two Serie A titles before leaving for Olympique Marseille.
Evra’s time in his home country ended in disappointment after just 10 months when he was dismissed by Marseille for kicking a fan in the dead during the warm-up for a Europa League game.
Evra played in five Champions League finals during his career; three times with Manchester United and one apiece for AS Monaco in 2004 and Juventus in 2015.