Yossi Benayoun: Former West Ham, Liverpool and Chelsea midfielder announces retirement from football
Former West Ham, Liverpool and Chelsea midfielder Yossi Benayoun has announced his retirement from football.
The 38-year-old revealed his decision on Thursday and finished his career at Beitar Jerusalem.
The Israel international played for the three aforementioned clubs, as well as Arsenal and Queens Park Rangers, during a nine-year spell in English football.
He won the Europa League with Chelsea in 2012/13 – appearing on the bench for the final defeat of Benfica – but his most successful spell came at Liverpool where he scored 29 goals in 134 games across three seasons.
He is only one of three players to score a hat-trick in the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup, all of which came for Liverpool.
The other two players to achieve that feat are Harry Kane and Sergio Aguero.
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The midfielder was also part of the West Ham team who lost in the FA Cup final in 2006.
His last game for the Hammers was the 1-0 win against Manchester United when Carlos Tevez scored to keep them in the Premier League in 2006/07
After leaving QPR in 2014, Benayoun went on to play for Maccabi Haifa, Maccabi Tel Aviv, Beitar Jerusalem and Maccabi Petah Tikva.
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He is also Israel’s most capped player of all time with 102 appearances to his name, while his 24 international goals ranks him as the nation’s joint-second highest scorer.
Benayoun will become Beitar Jerusalem’s sporting director next year.
Source: SportsLatest TS