Real Madrid midfielder Ruben de la Red retires at 25
Spanish international forced to quit game after collapsing on pitch
A tearful Ruben de la Red today announced his retirement from football, having been told by doctors he cannot continue playing.
The Real Madrid midfielder was found to have serious heart condition after collapsing during a Copa del Rey match against Real Union two years ago.
25-year-old De la Red had been hopeful of making a recovery, but the heart problem, for which he has been under constant supervision, appears to be too dangerous to consider a return to professional football.
Real president Florentino Perez has given the three-times capped Spanish international a coaching role alongside Jose Mourinho and Real Madrid Castilla boss Alejandro Menendez until summer 2012.
De le Red told a press conference:
The club has given me the opportunity to stay tied to football and I will not waste it. I’ll learn my role as coach and give everything, as I did being a player. I have infinite gratitude.
Thanks to the club for giving me opportunity, the fans who have never ceased to convey their desire for me to return to play, people who have supported me in my football career, doctors who have treated me.
Thanks to all my family, who were always there, with special mention to my wife and children.
Thanks to football, which will hopefully be part of my life for a long time.