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Just in: Former Chelsea striker Demba Ba retires from football

Former Chelsea, Newcastle United and West Ham striker Demba Ba has called time on his 16-year playing career as he officially hangs football boots in Grand Style.

Chelsea striker Demba Ba retires

Former Chelsea striker Demba Ba retires. 

Demba Ba won the Turkish Super Lig title twice in recent seasons, with Besiktas in 2016/17 and Istanbul Basaksehir in 2019/20.

Ba, who had two spells in China with Shanghai Shenhua and won 22 caps for Senegal, was without a club after leaving Swiss side FC Lugano in August.

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“It is with a heart filled with gratefulness that I announce the end of my playing career,” Ba tweeted.

“What a wonderful journey it has been. Besides all the sweat and tears I have faced, football has given me so many beautiful emotions.

“From the passion of the fans and the noise coming from the stands after every goal to the connection with my teammates on and off the field, this will forever remain in my head and heart.”

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