He hadn’t played an official football match since December 2014, but on Thursday former Arsenal star Robert Pires officially announced his retirement,
The Frenchman made his announcement in French sports news outlet L’Equipe, as reported by Goal.com.
“I am 42 years old and now must be the time to say stop. My last experience was in India,” Pires said.
“Above all, it is necessary to give way to the young players.”
Pires was without a club after leaving Indian Super League club FC Goa in March last year.
He enjoyed the greatest success at club level with Arsenal, where he won two Premier League titles and three FA Cups, as well as reaching the 2006 Champions League final.
After providing 79 goals and 30 assists in 294 appearances for The Gunners, he joined Spanish club Villarreal in 2010 before playing one season at Aston Villa.
He then spent some time out of the game before agreeing to join FC Goa in September 2014 as one of the ISL’s marquee players, scoring his last official goal on November 13, 2014, in a game against the Dehli Dynamos.
Pires was a member of the France national teams that won the 1998 World Cup and 2000 European Championships. He made his international debut in 1996, eventually totalling 79 caps for Les Bleus, scoring 14 goals in the process.