Benayoun announces retirement at 38

Former Israel international attacker Yossi Benayoun has retired from football, after a career that saw him play for some of England’s top clubs.

Benayoun came to the Premier League from Spain, where he had played with Racing Santander, joining West Ham in 2005 where he scored 8 goals in 63 matches.

His performances got the attention of Liverpool, who paid £5m for the forward, where he spent three years until 2010, where he player 92 games and scored 18 goals.

He moved on to Chelsea for £5.5m, but failed to cement a first team place, leading to him going out on loan to Arsenal in 2011, and West Ham in 2012.

A spell at QPR in the beginning of 2014 precluded a move to Maccabi Haifa, before moving to Maccabi Tel Aviv, Beitar Jerusalem, and Maccabi Petah Tikva. This completed a career that saw him move 14 times.

Internationally Benayoun was able to establish a first team place and was a star player for much of his career, one that saw him play 102 times for his country, scoring 24 goals.

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