Former Manchester United player Anderson retires at the age of 31

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Former Manchester United midfielder Anderson has retired at the age of 31.

The Brazilian was last playing for Adana Demirspor in the Turkish second division. However, according to Sport Witness, the club’s president earlier today announced Anderson had brought an end to his career.

Anderson is best remembered for his eight years at Manchester United.

While largely considered a flop during his time at Old Trafford, Anderson played 181 times at United helping them win four Premier League titles, the Champions League, the Club World Cup, a League Cup and a Community Shield.

Sir Alex Ferguson had signed him from Porto in the summer of 2007 for a fee thought to be in the region of £26 million.

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It was Ferguson’s younger brother, Martin, who scouted him claiming that he was better than a certain Wayne Rooney.

It didn’t quite work out like that, though, but United fans will remember his time fondly.

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His best moment came in the 2008 Champions League final when he successful dispatched his penalty in the shootout against Chelsea in Moscow.

But playing for United was as good as it got for Anderson.

He returned to his native Brazil, where he signed for Internacional, who has never been relegated before in their entire history.

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But a year later, with Anderson in their squad, Internacional were relegated from the Brazilian top flight.

He then joined Coritiba on loan, who were also relegated from the Brazilian top flight.

In July 2018, he signed for Turkish second-flight side Adana Demirspor, where he played just 11 times.

The Turkish side had to insist that the signing "wasn't a dream." 

And now, at the age of 31, Anderson has now hung up his boots

From such early promise to a largely disappointing career after leaving England.

Still, he has four more Premier League medals than Steven Gerrard...

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