Germany's Celia Sasic retires from soccer
The top goal scorer from the 2015 Women's World Cup, Germany's Celia Sasic, has announced her immediate retirement from soccer.
The 27-year-old scored six times in Canada this summer to earn the Golden Boot award, but she has decided to leave the sport, making her announcement via Facebook.
"Dear fans, soccer is my passion. Soccer has accompanied me my whole life, and it will always be a part of me. I was able to experience some unforgettable moments and be part of an incredible development in 11 years in the women's Bundesliga and 10.5 years in the German national team. That makes me proud. Nevertheless, I have now decided to follow a different path and end my career as a professional soccer player. I am now looking forward to a whole host of new things which lie ahead of me: finishing my studies, getting into employment, starting a family and much more.
"Of course I would like to take this opportunity to thank from the bottom of my heart all those people who made it possible for me to have such a career and unerringly supported me. Above all my parents, my husband and my whole family and friends, who have had to spend so much time without me.
"But of course [I would] also [like to thank] my coaches, doctors, physios, teammates, staff and everybody else who have accompanied me along my way and made me who I am.
"I will always look back fondly on this time. Yours, Celia."
Sasic has had 111 caps with her country since making her debut in January 2005 under her maiden name, Celia Okoyino da Mbabi.
She won the European Championship with Germany in 2013 and ended her career at the club level by lifting the UEFA Women's Champions League trophy with Frankfurt in May.