Former Liverpool and Norway defender John Arne Riise has retired aged 35.
Riise, his country’s most capped player and a member of Liverpool’s 2005 Champions League-winning side, cancelled his contract at Norwegian side Aalesund with immediate effect.
“My inner, secret goal was to play football at the Norwegian top level until I was 40,” he said on his blog.
“It’s not going to happen. It ends here. This body – this head – has been through so much over 20 years.”
Riise said he has not ruled out a comeback if the right opportunity comes along but admitted his motivation “is not strong enough to compete at the highest level”.
He added: “It is an admission that is both heavy and painful, and full of emotion.”
After turning professional at Aalesund in 1996, Riise spent three years at Monaco before joining Liverpool in 2001