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Friday, August 10, 2012

'El Burrito' Ortega retires at age 38

The Argentina forward Ariel "Burrito" Ortega River Plate player symbol until recent years, announced Thursday that at age 38 has decided to hang up his boots.

"Not that I have tired. It is a very important decision in my life because football is important to me. I think it's time. I talked to my son, I've talked with my sisters, my parents and I decided "said the former football player at Radio 10 in Buenos Aires.

After indicating that you have felt "very happy" over the years that wore the shirt of River, Ortega said he is "very good, very quiet" with the decision taken and hopes to organize a farewell meeting in late years. "I hope that my departure may be made at the stadium 'Monumental'. It would be wonderful for me," he said.

"I think it's time to say enough. What I have of football is the privilege of sharing a court with Diego Maradona, Enzo Francescoli and Romario. Are great things that football gave me," he said.

Ortega, who played on loan for River in the third division team Belgrano Defenders last season, said he "can not be where one does not want it. In River did not want me and I had to go. So I made a decision. I am calm and I hope you're right, "he said.

The now former footballer was forced to leave his beloved team with the arrival of club president Daniel Passarella, after numerous disciplinary violations committed by his addiction to alcohol.

River had debuted in 1991 and in 1996 was transferred to Valencia Spanish. Between 1998 and 2000 played for Sampdoria and Parma Italians to return to River in 2000. Two years later he joined Fenerbahce in 2003 and was suspended by FIFA for not fulfilling his contract with the Turkish team.

I got the penalty lifted in 2004 and played two seasons at Newell's Old Boys, River Plate to the rows returned in 2009 to 2011. With River was league champions six times and once in the Copa Libertadores (1996) and with Argentina participated in the global Unidos'94 States, Korea and Japan Francia'98 and 2002. The "Burrito" Ortega is one of the historical idols fans of River Plate.

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