Posted on: July 27, 2020 Posted by: indiantoffee Comments: 0
Leighton Baines retired from football after 13 years at Everton

The former England International announced his retirement after the conclusion of the 2019-20 Premier League season

Everton Left-Back Leighton Baines has put an end to his playing career after spending 13 years with the Toffees, where he played 420 matches and scoring 39 goals.

Signed from Wigan Athletic in 2007 for a fee of £5 million, Baines made his final appearance for the Blues in the final of the 2019-20 season after coming on for Lucas Digne for the final 20 minutes.

He holds the record for the most number of assists provided by a defender in the Premier League with 67 assists and scored his last goal for the club against Leicester in the Carabao Cup with a long-range effort.

“I am incredibly proud to have represented Everton for the past 13 years and my decision to retire has been a difficult one to make,” the 35-year-old was quoted as saying by the club’s official website.

“After speaking to my family, I feel now is the right time to end my playing career but I do so with many great memories at this proud football club.

“As someone from the city, Everton means so much to me and it has been an honour to be part of the club for so long.

“I would like to thank everyone who has supported me during my time at Everton, especially the fans who have been fantastic with me from the moment I signed,” he added.

Baines played 30 times for England and has represented the nation in UEFA Euro 2012 and FIFA World Cup 2014.

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