Former Madrid & Spain striker Morientes retires

Former Real Madrid and Spain striker Fernando Morientes has

announced his retirement from football.

Morientes told COPE radio on Monday he rejected a chance to play

for Portuguese club Sporting Lisbon and offers from Mexico, Qatar

and Dubai to work as a TV commentator.

Partnering Raul Gonzalez in attack, Morientes helped Madrid to

three Champions League titles, two Spanish leagues and two

Intercontinental Cups from 1997 to 2003.

He led Monaco to the 2004 Champions League final before joining

Liverpool in 2005, where he scored 12 goals in 61 appearances. He

also played for Valencia before spending his last season at


Morientes, 34, is fourth on Spain’s all-time leading scorers

list with 27 goals in 47 appearances.