Petr Cech has revealed that he intends to retire from soccer at the end of this season, the 20th of his career.
The Premier League has seen its fair share of great goalkeepers throughout its 27-year history. Stoppers such as Peter Schmeichel, Edwin Van Der Sar, and David Seaman. However, there is an argument to be made that a keeper still in the league is the greatest to have ever graced it. That's Arsenal keeper Petr Cech.
While most soccer fans would rank Cech as one of the best, they may argue that he deserves the number one spot. Well, when it comes to clean sheets, the legends mentioned above plus every other keeper to ever grace the Premier League are very much in his shadow. Cech has kept 202 clean sheets and counting. Not only is he the only player to break the 200 mark, but his next closest competitor is a full 33 clean sheets short. Plus, none of the other keepers in the top ten are currently playing in the Premier League.
However, Cech will soon be joining those other nine. That's because the Czech stopper took to Twitter this week and revealed that this season will be his last. Cech wrote "it feels like the right time to announce that I will retire at the end of this season." Despite his impressive clean sheets stats, the 36-year-old has fallen out of favor at current club Arsenal. Bernd Leno is currently the club's number one.
That means we may have already seen Cech's last match. Even if that is the case, the former Chelsea man will have no regrets. As he pointed out in his statement, he has won everything that there is to win over the course of his 20-year career. That includes four Premier League titles, five FA cups, and even the Champions League. He is also the most capped player in Czech Republic history, playing for his country 124 times.
It will be a bitter-sweet few months for Cech as he nears his retirement. Although he has achieved everything he could have possibly hoped for in his career, admitting that it's time to hang up your boots is a tough decision to make for any player. It must also be frustrating for Cech that he has been squeezed out of the number one spot at Arsenal by Leno. Nevertheless, he has had a terrific career and set some records along the way that will stand for years to come.