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Real Madrid send best wishes to former goalkeeper as he announces retirement: “One of our best”

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Former Real Madrid goalkeeper Diego Lopez has recently announced retirement from professional football, at the age of 42.

The Spanish goalkeeper has decided to hang up his gloves after spending over two decades in top-flight European football.

Real Madrid’s statement on Diego Lopez

In light of his retirement, Real Madrid have issued an official statement on Diego Lopez, acknowledging the goalkeeper’s contributions to the club.

“Following Diego Lopez’s announcement of his retirement as a football player, Real Madrid C. F. wishes to express its affection, appreciation, and recognition of a great professional and one of our best goalkeepers. The best of luck, Diego, for you and your family,” read the statement.

Diego Lopez was formerly a member of the Real Madrid youth side. But after featuring in only a handful of matches, he joined Villarreal in 2007.

Diego Lopez won the UCL with Real Madrid in 2014 (Photo by MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP via Getty Images)

Lopez didn’t have to look back since, as he established himself as a top-class goalkeeper in the years to come. He eventually returned to Real Madrid in 2013, initially as a replacement for the then-injured Iker Casillas.

Lopez, though, ended up becoming Real Madrid’s first-choice goalkeeper throughout the 2013/14 campaign. He notably won the Champions League in 2014, under the leadership of Carlo Ancelotti, though he featured in only one game.

The veteran goalkeeper left the Bernabeu in the summer of 2014 after making over 50 competitive appearances and winning the UCL title.

Lopez joined AC Milan in 2014, but he also had a brief spell in Espanyol. The goalkeeper had most recently played for Rayo Vallecano until this past summer.

But after failing to find a club since the summer transfer window, Lopez has decided to hang up his gloves and end his career with almost 400 appearances in La Liga, along with a coveted UCL title with Real Madrid.

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Official: Real Madrid announce starting lineup to face Real Betis

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Real Madrid will sign off on their successful La Liga campaign today with a fixture against Real Betis at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The game, being seen as a final preparation for the UEFA Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund, sees manager Carlo Ancelotti field his strongest possible lineup.

All eyes will obviously be on the retiring Toni Kroos, who bids goodbye to the Bernabeu in what will be his final home game as a Real Madrid player.

The German international starts in the centre of the park alongside Federico Valverde, while Eduardo Camavinga slots in as the No. 6.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid captain, Nacho Fernandez, also starts in what could be his last game at the Bernabeu as well.

Nacho pairs up with Antonio Rudiger in defence, flanked by the full-back pairing of Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy. Thibaut Courtois starts in goal ahead of Andriy Lunin and Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Up front, Vinicius Jr. starts in attack, partnering up with Rodrygo Goes. Top scorer Jude Bellingham occupies the attacking midfield role for Real Madrid.

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