Sometimes, footballers can be described as having more clubs than golfers at times throughout their careers.
However that statement above is something that will likely have to be considered an understatement when thinking about Sebastian Abreu.
A former Uruguay international, the 44-year-old striker has finally decided to call it a day on his 26-year playing career, but only after representing 31 different clubs throughout his career.
The player announced his retirement on Thursday after he played his final match for Sud America against Liverpool Montevideo in the Uruguayan Premier Division – a match that they ultimately lost 5-0 against the current League leaders. That result perhaps was not that surprising for those who used a Quinnbet Coupon Code to further enhance their betting experience.
The appearance in the game took Abreu’s total match count to a huge 851 official appearances, which is a phenomenal feat.
The striker, who has been known as ‘El Loco’ – perhaps because of how long he has continued to play for – only joined Sud America in March after having had a spell at Brazilian side Athletic Club that lasted just a month and four appearances but was ended prematurely because of the ongoing global situation.
The 44-year-old became a record holder back in 2017 when he broke the Guinness World Record for the most professional football clubs played for by a single player after he joined Audax Italiano in the Chilean Primera Division.
Since then, Abreu has gone on to sign for a further five clubs and has completely eclipsed what previous record holder, Lutz Pfannenstiel, managed to achieve during his career. For those interested, the German goalkeeper managed to play for 27 different football clubs.
Of the 31 clubs that the Uruguayan played for, he played his football in 12 different countries all over the world, with clubs located in Spain, Argentina, Mexico, Greece Ecuador, Israel, Brazil, Paraguay, Chile and his native Uruguay all being included.
“It is the right moment: the curtain of the footballer is lowered and that of the coach is opened,” Abreu commented.
“I am retiring current, active, 44 years old, with the team in a good sporting situation. I am totally convinced that it is time.”
Going into his final outing, Abreu has scored a total of 404 goals – including 22 in 37 games for Uruguay.
Those that watched the 2010 FIFA World Cup may remember the then 33-year-old playing for Uruguay alongside the likes of Diego Forlan and Luis Suarez, as he played a key role in helping Oscar Tabarez’s team to progress to the semi-finals of that competition as he netted the decisive penalty to send the team through and past Ghana in a game that will be remembered because of Suarez’s decision to save the ball from going into the back of the net and being sent off for it.
Of course, that would then mean he missed the semi-final as he witnessed his side suffer a 3-2 defeat to The Netherlands before coming fourth in the overall standings after losing by the same scoreline to Germany – a game Abreu only played 2 minutes in.
He did, though, help his nation lift the Copa America in 2011.