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Australian Football: Berisha hangs up his boots

A-League legend Besart Berisha has decided to call time on his career after announcing his retirement from the game this week.

Berisha left Western United, who are priced at 20/1 to win the A-League grand final in the 2021/22 campaign, at the end of last season and joined the Kosovan club Prishtina.

Emotional farewell

However the 36-year-old has taken to his instagram account to announce his retirement from the sport that he loves.

"It's been an unbelievable time that I will never forget," he told his followers. "I remember when I started this game I always had a smile on my face and today I am smiling again thinking of all the beautiful memories I had with the game!"

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Berisha became the A-League's all-time leading goalscorer when firing home a staggering 142 goals during 236 appearances in Australia's top flight.

He represented Brisbane Roar, Melbourne Victory and Western United and there was talk of him staying in the league with another club before taking up a deal in Kosovo.

A-League salute Berisha

The A-League have responded to the announcement via Twitter and have thanked him for all he did for Australian soccer.

"We salute you, @BesartBerisha7 for what you brought to our game," it read. "Enjoy retirement."

Berisha won the A-League title four times, two apiece with Roar and Victory but his 19-year career is now over.

"The moment I started this game to play I always dreamed to become a professional football player," he concluded.

"I would like to thank God for making my dream come true! I like to thank my family for the support and always be there for me! I like to thank all my teams!! You made this incredible time possible for me."

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