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Mexican defender Galindo retires from professional soccer

Toluca defender Aaron Galindo (L) battles Pachuca's Ismael Sosa (R) for the ball on Aug. 14, 2016, during the Liga MX match played at Alberto Cordova Stadium in Toluca City, Mexico. EPA-EFE FILE/Alex Cruz.

Toluca defender Aaron Galindo (L) battles Pachuca’s Ismael Sosa (R) for the ball on Aug. 14, 2016, during the Liga MX match played at Alberto Cordova Stadium in Toluca City, Mexico. EPA-EFE FILE/Alex Cruz.

EFE

Mexican defender Aaron Galindo, who played for Spain’s Toledo and Hercules, has announced his retirement after 16 years as a professional soccer player.

The 36-year-old Galindo and fellow Mexican national team member Salvador Carmona were caught up in a doping scandal while at the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup in Germany.

Galindo, who was playing for the Liga MX’s Cruz Azul at the time, was later slapped with a one-year suspension from professional soccer.

“It’s a stain on my career. On a personal level, I can’t claim to be a victim because I made bad decisions, (but) instead of letting it sink me, I decided to follow my own path. In the future, you’ll hear more details about this episode (in my life), but I’m proud that despite all that, I was able to play in Europe and come away with that prestige,” Galindo said.

The central defender joined Alicante, Spain-based Hercules in 2006 and later played for Swiss club Grasshoppers and Germany’s Eintracht Frankfurt , where he was a starter.

In 2009, Galindo returned to the Liga MX, signing with the Guadalajara Chivas.

“I would have liked to leave Cruz Azul differently. I feel a lot of love for that team, in particular, because it allowed me to become a professional soccer player ... but I left in a less than elegant fashion due to a doping problem. I had to go to Spain without any guarantees and earn a (roster) spot,” Galindo said.

Galindo, who helped Mexico’s Santos Laguna win a title in 2012, finished his career with Toledo, a Spanish Second-Division club.

Last August, Galindo enrolled at Real Madrid’s sports management school with the goal of becoming a coach or team administrator.


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