11th February 2024 – (Rio De Janeiro) Diego Souza, the former Brazil international striker, has officially announced his retirement from professional football, drawing the curtains on a remarkable career that spanned over 20 years. At the age of 38, Souza had been without a club since December when he departed Sport Recife, where he had been on loan from Brazilian Serie A rivals Gremio.
In an exclusive interview with Globo Esporte, Souza expressed his decision to step away from the game, stating, “From now on, I’m only going to follow football on television or in the stands. I want to spend more time with my children and my family. I had a good career, and I’m grateful for everything that I’ve achieved in the game.”
Souza’s journey in professional football began in 2003 when he kicked off his career at Fluminense. Over the years, he showcased his skills at various clubs, both domestically and internationally. Notable stops in his career included stints at Benfica, Flamengo, and Metalist Kharkiv, among others. His versatility and goal-scoring ability made him a sought-after player throughout his career.
While donning the famous yellow jersey of Brazil, Souza earned seven caps for the national team and scored two goals. Reflecting on his time representing his country, he mentioned some of the best players he had the privilege of playing alongside. He named legendary figures such as Romario, Neymar, and Ronaldinho as his teammates, highlighting the immense talent he had the opportunity to share the pitch with.