Steven Defour (32) is in his last season as a professional football player. The KV Mechelen midfielder himself announced this via Twitter. Defour often struggled with injuries this season. “The mental resilience required to keep returning declined further and further.”

After passages at Genk, Standard, Porto, Anderlecht and Antwerp, Steven Defour returned to KV Mechelen in October last year, the club for which he played football in his youth. His return was not an unqualified success: Defour often had to contend with injuries, which meant that he had to recharge himself again and again to get ready to play again. The calves in particular caused the necessary problems.

It is also those physical inconveniences that led to the decision to end his career at the end of this season. “The daily physical pain made it impossible to deliver the performance that I expect from myself,” can be read on Twitter. “The mental resilience needed to keep returning after large and small injuries continued to decline. Then this choice is unfortunately an easy one. ”

In his career, Defour became champion in Belgium three times and won two cups. With Porto he took two national titles and two cups. In 2007, Defour won the Golden Shoe as a 19-year-old. He also donned the national team shirt 52 times.

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