Juan Pablo Sorin calls it a day

RIO DE JANEIRO - Former Argentina captain Juan Pablo Sorin announced his retirement from football at the age of 33 on Tuesday. The left back, who led Argentina to the quarter-finals of the 2006 World Cup in Germany, had been plagued by injuries during his third spell with Brazilian side Cruzeiro, playing only six matches in the last seven months. "I'm going to stop playing football," Sorin told reporters. "It's been 15 years ... a very enjoyable career." Sorin played for Argentinos Juniors and River Plate in his home country, Juventus, Lazio, Barcelona, Paris St Germain, Villarreal and Hamburg SV in Europe. A South American Libertadores Cup winner with River Plate in 1996, Sorin missed this year's final, which Cruzeiro lost against Estudiantes of Argentina earlier this month. Sorin, who belonged to the Argentine generation of Juan Sebastian Veron, Hernan Crespo and Ariel Ortega, also played at the 2002 World Cup. He made 76 international appearances, scoring 12 goals.