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Demba Ba: Former Chelsea, Newcastle United and West Ham striker announces his retirement |  Football news

Former Chelsea, Newcastle United and West Ham striker Demba Ba has ended his 16-year playing career.

He has won the Turkish Super Lig title twice in recent seasons, with Besiktas in 2016/17 and Istanbul Basaksehir in 2019/20.

Ba, who made two trips to China with Shanghai Shenhua and won 22 caps for Senegal, was without a club after leaving Swiss squad FC Lugano in August.

“It is with a heart full of gratitude that I announce the end of my playing career,” Ba tweeted.

“What a wonderful trip it has been. On top of all the sweat and tears I went through, football has given me so many great emotions.

“From the passion of the fans and the noise coming from the stands after every goal to connecting with my teammates on and off the pitch, it will stay in my head and heart forever.”

Ba arrived in the Premier League in 2007, signing for West Ham after joining TSG Hoffenheim, and the forward has scored seven times in 13 appearances for the Hammers.

Ba helped undo Liverpool’s title hopes in the 2013/14 season

The former Senegalese international then moved to Newcastle in 2011 where he forged a formidable partnership with his compatriot Papiss Cissé.

He has found the net 29 times in 58 appearances at St James’ Park and helped the Magpies to a fifth place in the Premier League in the 2011/12 campaign.

Ba scored 14 goals in all competitions for Chelsea between 2012 and 2014 before switching to Turkish football.

The 36-year-old returned home after Steven Gerrard’s misstep against Liverpool in a 2-0 win in April 2014 to help deprive the Reds of the league title this season.

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