FELLAINI hangs his national boots, Belgians CELEBRATE

Nitish Bhan  |  Farewell  |  2 Weeks Ago

Former United midfielder Marouane Fellaini has officially announced his retirement from international football, after representing the Belgian national side for a over 12 years.


Earlier, Fellaini made a move to China in order to conquer another challenge, as new United boss Solskjaer didn't find the Belgian appealing enough to him. 


The midfield maestro, who joined Manchester United in 2013 under then boss David Moyes, rejuvenated his career during Jose Mourinho and Louis Van Gaal’s expedition at the Old Trafford. He became a fan favourite at that point in time, though with the departure of the Portuguese manager, he fell down the pecking order.


With an astonishing figure of 18 goals from 87 appearances for his nation, Fellaini decided to call it a day for his soaring-high national side. He will continue to play for Shandong Luneng, though his presence surely will be missed at the international level. He played a crucial role in the central midfield of Belgium next to De Bruyne and Axel Witsel in the world cup last year, as the Reds ended their campaign at the bronze level.

Fellaini has always been a team player and a manager’s reliable choice to get the job done, ever since his days at Everton. He always used to have a versatile style of playing and though he wasn’t the most gifted player on the pitch, he would get the job done even if that would mean staking his body on the line.


His stoppage-time goal back in November against Young Boys witnessed United going through to the knockout stages of the Champions League.


His timely strike helped Belgium equalize in an otherwise lacklustre tie against Japan in the round of 16 of World Cup. The burly midfielder has also been an eminent defender and an industrious striker in dire straits for his team.


With everything said about Fellaini’s international career, that one thing about Fellaini which always kept the fans entertained was his flamboyantly cascading hair. Recently he trimmed it all down and in Manchester’s battle with Arsenal, fouled Guendouzi by yanking his hair. That must have hurt Fellaini to see such effusively flowing hair while the Arsenal medio was darting down the centre.


With such beautiful memories and more, we at Jersey Football Magazine wish Fellaini the very best beyond his journey at the international level and into the twilight of his career.


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