It would be extremely rude of me to not mention the fact that Ledley King has retired from football this week.
As a Spurs fan I’ve always known that his career would be short due to his underlying injury. I do feel my beloved Tottenham Hotspur have stuck by Ledley. After all he has been with us from the youth team and his career has consisted of Tottenham Hotspur.
Another blessing is that he’s been offered an ambassador role within the club. It’s nice to see that Tottenham are still looking out for Ledley’s best interests. He was an amazing player when at his best and most physical fitness, I feel honoured to say I have seen him play and at his very best.
King has been struggling with his fitness for a few years now and he was unable to train on a daily basis. It was only a matter of time before his lack of fitness would catch up on him.
King said: “Sadly my injuries and inability to train have finally brought an end to my career.”
“I have been here since I was a boy,” added King, whose career was hit by knee problems. “It is like a second home to me.”
“I have always considered it my club and have always found it hard to imagine wearing the shirt of another team.”
A testimonial for King will take place at the end of the 2012/13 season, as he has spent his entire career at the North London club having joined as a trainee.
King’s debut was back in 1999 against Liverpool, where he replaced Stephen Clemence at half-time, and he went on to make 264 league appearances, being captain and winning the Carling Cup in 2008.
King represented England 21 times.
King’s announcement wasn’t really a shock but the footballing world as well as the fans had their say.
Gary Lineker tweeted: “I see Ledley King has announced his retirement from football. A truly wonderful player and credit to his sport. Wish him well. #spurslegend.”
Rafael Van der Vaart tweeted: “Sorry to hear Ledley King has to retire from Spurs due to injury. A great player and a true Spurs club man.”
Darren Bent tweeted: “Sad to see Ledley King has been forced to retire. A truly great player, working with him has made me a better player. I wish him all the best.”
What is evident is how much Ledley has been appreciated by the footballing world.
We may not have always seen his best, but no one can say a bad word against the Spurs defender.
I look forward to seeing Ledley progress within his ambassadorial role and I like every other Spurs fan wish him the best for the future.