ormer Black Stars midfielder, Sulley Muntari has announced his retirement from football after almost two decades of being a professional footballer.
After playing for Hearts of Oak in the Ghana Premier League at his son’s wish, Sulley Muntari confirmed in an interview that his career, at the age of 38, has reached its conclusion.
“I just did a few months with the local side [Hearts of Oak]. My son wanted me to play. I didn’t play for almost three years, then my son decided to ask me to go and play. I did that, but now I’m done,” he told Sky Sports.
Sulley Muntari joined Hearts of Oak at the beginning of the year making a significant contribution to the club as they made their way to the FA Cup title and the President’s Cup. Still, he recently parted ways with them after failing to reach an agreement concerning extending his contract.
The 38-year-old began his career with Liberty Professionals in Ghana before moving to Italy to play for Udinese.
In 2007, he joined Portsmouth of the English Premier League, where he won the FA Cup in 2008.
Muntari represented Black Stars at the 2001 Meridian Cup and was later chosen for the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship as Ghana took second place.
He won his first senior Cup against Slovenia on 17 May 2002 and became a regular fixture in the team as The Black Stars opened their 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign.
He received his first senior cap against Slovenia on May 17, 2002. After that, he established himself as a dependable member of the squad as The Black Stars began their 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign.
He played in three FIFA World Cups (2006, 2010 and 2014) with the Ghana Black Stars.
Aside from Blackstars, Muntari also played for AC Milan, Albacete and Sunderland.