Wigan Athletic hero announces retirement

Former Wigan Athletic goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi has hung up his gloves at the age of 38.

Friday, 21st August 2020, 9:06 pm
Updated Friday, 21st August 2020, 9:12 pm
Ali Al Habsi

Al Habsi - Oman's greatest ever footballer - spent five successful years with Latics, after joining from Bolton in 2010 on an initial season-long loan.

He was No.1 for most of the three seasons Latics spent in the Premier League on his watch, although he was on the bench for the FA Cup final in 2013.

Al Habsi left Latics when they were relegated to League One in 2015, joining Reading, before finishing his career as back-up at West Brom.

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"After years in which I had the honour to represent a number of clubs , today I announce the end of my career as a football player," confirmed Al Habsi.

"I express my sincere thanks to everyone who has supported me throughout my career, confirming my continued service to my country from other locations."

Former Latics colleague Mike Pollitt was quick to pay tribute, tweeting: "Best of luck my friend, one of the nicest guys I have met in football.

"I'm sure you will be a success in whatever you decide to do next."

Ex-Latics chairman David Sharpe added: "Happy retirement Ali! Always a WAFC legend!"