Celtic legend Larsson to retire from football
Former Celtic striker Henrik Larsson will retire from football at the end of the Swedish domestic season.
Former Celtic striker Henrik Larsson will retire from football at the end of the Swedish domestic season, his club Helsingborg have announced.
38-year-old Larsson also announced his decision to quit international football for the second time nine days ago after Sweden's failure to qualify for the 2010 World Cup.
The Parkhead legend, who amassed over 300 goals in a career which also took in spells at Feyenoord, Barcelona and Manchester United, will play his final game for his club at Elfsborg on November 1.
Larsson still holds the record as the Clydesdale Bank Premier League's all-time top goalscorer, with 158 league goals from his six year spell in Glasgow from 1998 to 2004.
In his 21-year career, Larsson has picked up numerous medals and accolades. A Champions League winner with Barcelona, he also holds four SPL winners medals, won the English Premier League with Man Utd and contributed to two La Liga titles in Spain.
He also picked up the European Golden Boot in 2000-01 whilst at Celtic and was the top goalscorer in the UEFA Cup as Martin O'Neill's side went all the way to the final against Porto in Seville, a match in which Larsson scored twice.
With the player himself talking up a move into coaching and a possible return to Glasgow's East End in recent days, the rumour mill looks likely to now gather even more momentum for the Swede to return to Scotland in the near future.
There is also calls in his homeland for Larsson, who has 106 caps for his country, to take charge of the Swedish national team after coach Lars Lagerback stood down after nine years involvement.
"We at HIF had obviously hoped Sweden's greatest player down the years would play on for another season," Helsingborg's director of sport Jesper Jansson told www.hif.se.
"But we respect Henrik's decision and are incredibly grateful for everything he has done and proud to have been a part of his fantastic career."