Wolverhampton Wanderers and Nigeria goalkeeper Carl Ikeme confirmed his retirement from professional football on Friday following a battle with acute leukaemia.
The England-born player, who was capped 10 times and named as an honorary 24th player in the Nigeria squad at the recent World Cup, revealed last month he was in complete remission from the disease.
“The support has been incredible,” the 32-year-old, who has been with Wolves for his whole career, said in a statement on the club’s website.
“Every day someone has asked me how I am for a whole year. It’s incredible to think people actually care so much that they’ll do fundraisers in my name.”
“I spoke with the doctor and he suggested I should retire, because of the toll the treatment has taken on my body,” he added. “He thinks it’s what is best for me and I can’t really risk trying to come back — my health is the priority.”