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Football legend Hristo Stoichkov has announced that his playing days are now behind him.

Stoichkov, 38, played 84 times for Bulgaria scoring 37 goals.

He will be best remembered for his spell at Barcelona between 1990 and 1998. During that team, as a memeber of Johan Cruyff’s so-called ‘Dream Team’, Stoickkov won the Spanish League title four times, the European Cup and in 1994, was voted European Footballer of the Year.

Stoichkov is now considering becoming a director at Barcelona.

President Joan Laporta said: “We are exploring the possibilities of the integration of Hristo in the club, so that he is also satisfied and is beneficial for Barcelona.”

“I am no longer going to play professional football,” the 37-year-old former Bulgarian international forward told a news conference in Barcelona.

“I wanted to announce this decision here in the city that has given me everything and where I really grew up as a person and as a footballer.”

He left Barcelona in 1998 after a dispute with then coach Louis van Gaal and has spent the last few years playing in the United States.

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