Aston Villa’s long serving player Gabby Agbonlahor, has announced his retirement from Professional Football at the age of 32
Agbonlahor, lived out every schoolboys dream, by playing for the club he watched as a child growing up in Birmingham, before going on to captain the club as well.
The former Villians striker played in 341 games over his 13 year stint with 3 England caps coming during his time at Villa Park. Ultimately, Agbonlahor finished with 75 goals and ended as their 2nd highest goal scorer in the top flight division- Premier League & Division One.
Injuries blighted his career slightly and he found himself out of the first team picture, before being released by the club around 18 months ago, so he could find himself another club. Sadly that didn’t materialise, leading to this announcement from him
In this era of players moving round quite a lot, Agbonlahor is a shining example of that rare thing called one club loyalty (excluding loan moves to Watford & Sheffield Wednesday earlier in his career), older readers might recall how John Trollope famously served Swindon Town his only club, for over 700 appearances
Reflecting on his retirement from the game Agbonlahor, said
I have been fortunate to live out my dream, of playing for and then captaining my home town club, now it is time to move on and find new adventures, while still being able to be a fan and watch the team at home
On his day, Agbonlahor was a world-class talent but due to injuries hampering his potential, no one will know what his true potential could have been.