Oswaldo Sanchez and Pele
Brazilian former soccer star Edson Arantes Do Nascimento, better known as Pele (L), embraces Santos goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez. Sanchez announced his retirement from Soccer on Friday. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo

All good things come to an end. After a 21-year professional soccer career, famed Mexican goalkeeper, Oswaldo Sanchez, has announced he’s hanging up his gloves. The 41-year old goalkeeper known throughout Mexico as “San Oswaldo,” turned down offers to play in Liga MX opting to retire and spend more time with his family.

Sanchez is one of the most prominent goalkeepers in Mexican soccer history. He debuted on October 30, 1993 with Atlas and thrilled and delighted fans as his career spanned 21 years with his last game coming on November 22nd, 2014 with Santos Laguna. Sanchez has been with Santos Laguna for the past seven years as the team’s captain and star, but was told he would not be in their future plans staring in 2015.

Sanchez leaves the game with a Liga MX record 725 games played, 25-penalty kick saves and 63, 792 minutes played. Sanchez played with Atlas, Club America, Chivas Guadalajara and Santos Laguna during his illustrious career, winning titles in 2006, 2008, 2012 and 2014.

In addition to his stamp on Liga MX, Sanchez was a prominent fixture on the Mexican national team. He made 100 appearances in goal with El Tri and played in three World Cups (France in 1998, South Korea in 2002 and Germany in 2006). He won two Gold Cup trophies with Mexico in 1996 and 2003.

Sanchez announced his retirement in an emotional press conference that can be seen below.

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