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Former Manchester United flop Anderson retires at just 31

Former Manchester United midfielder Anderson has retired from football.

His current team, Turkish second-division side Adana Demirspor, revealed the decision on Saturday. The Brazilian will remain with the club in an off-field role and has taken a significant pay-cut.

ANDERSON

2004-05: Gremio (31 apps, 9 goals)

2005-07: Porto (25 apps, 3 goals)

2007-15: Manchester United (181 apps, 9 goals)

2013-14: Fiorentina (Loan – 8 apps, 0 goals)

2015-16: Internacional (88 apps, 6 goals)

2017: Coritiba (Loan – 23 apps, 3 goals)

2018-19: Adana Demirspor (14 apps, 0 goals)

2007-08: Brazil (8 caps, 0 goals)

HONOURS

Gremio Serie B: 2005

Porto Primeira Liga: 2005-06, 2006-07 Taca de Portugal: 2005-06 Supertaca de Portugal: 2006

Manchester United Premier League: 2007-08, 2008-09, 2010-11, 2012-13 League Cup: 2008-09 Champions League: 2007-08 Club World Cup: 2008

Brazil Copa America: 2007

Adana Demirspor’s chairman Murat Sancak told Radyospor: ‘Anderson spent the camp period very well, but was not involved in squad planning.

Anderson got a job, he went to work and decided to quit football. ‘Anderson reduced his contract which was €600,000 (£530,000) for this season to €200,000 (£177,000). ‘Anderson will continue to work at our club. I think it will be especially effective in our foreign relations.’ The 31-year-old moved to Turkey in 2018 but has decided to call time on his career early after struggling to play for Adana.

The ex-Red Devils player made 11 league appearances in the Turkish second division last campaign. This season, he played 45 minutes in August but since then has been withdrawn from their match-day squads.

Adana are planning to hold a testimonial match for Anderson on October 12 against Besiktas. Anderson signed for United in 2007 for £25 million where the highlight of his time in Manchester came in the 2008 Champions League final where he scored in the penalty shootout. He won four Premier League titles between 2007 and 2013 during his eight years at the club.

Anderson was also capped eight times by Brazil and helped them win the Copa America in 2007, before moving to United from Porto.

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