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Former Premier League Champion Shinji Okazaki Announces Retirement

End of an Era

Former Premier League champion Shinji Okazaki has officially announced his retirement from professional football. The Japanese striker, who played a key role in Leicester City's unexpected title win in 2016, cited a series of injuries as the reason for his decision.

Impressive Career

Okazaki, who was a £7 million signing from Mainz, scored 19 goals in 137 appearances for Leicester City over four seasons. Following his time with the Foxes, he had stints with Spanish clubs Malaga, Huesca, and Cartagena before joining Belgians Sint Truiden in 2022.

Cryptic Message

In a farewell message on Sint Truiden's website, the 37-year-old striker hinted at more details to come at the end of the season. Okazaki expressed his determination to overcome his current physical limitations and contribute to the team before bidding a final goodbye on the pitch.

Words of Appreciation

Sint Truiden's sporting director, Andre Pinto, praised Okazaki as an experienced mentor and professional example for the younger players in the squad. The club fully respects his decision to retire and hopes he can finish the season on a high note.

From Title Triumph to Retirement

Okazaki's career highlights include winning the Premier League with Leicester City in 2016, defying 5,000-1 odds under Claudio Ranieri's management. He also secured a Spanish second division title with Huesca in 2020, adding to his list of achievements in the football world.

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