Aritz Aduriz “It’s An Incredible Mental Break Not Having To Train”
Having just undergone successful hip replacement surgery, Aritz Aduriz is entering a new stage of life. The Athletic legend announced his retirement from football a few weeks ago due to the hip injury and is now in the recovery process, but has already visited his teammates in training to offer his support.
“I’m doing very well, I’m at home and recovering,” Aduriz said in an interview with El Partidazo de Movistar. “The truth is that I’m much better than I thought I would be. It hardly hurts. When they take away the pain it’s a very big step. The rest is coming little by little. You have to strengthen the entire area without doing too much.”
Aduriz’s retirement didn’t happen the way he had planned. The former striker wanted to play in next season’s Copa del Rey final against Real Sociedad, but explained that his body had come to the end of the line.
“I didn’t rush with the decision. My hip had too many kilometers on it and it was screaming at me to retire. It had been bothering me for a long time. In fact, if everything hadn’t happened to us in recent months I would already be retired. My body was crying out to me. It’s an incredible mental break not having to train or compete because my body couldn’t do it, but I’m fine.”
Although he’s content with life now it’s no secret that he will miss being on the field when Athletic return to action next weekend. “Starting next Sunday I will feel a little envy, but it’s a process that must be overcome and I want to get past it,” he said.
Aduriz’s final goal was one to remember, though no one knew at the time that it would be the last. His bicycle kick against Barcelona in the opening game of the season gave Athletic a massive victory and he will always remember it.
“If my goal against Barcelona had been a little closer to retirement it would have been better, but it was on the first day of the season. I have the photo at home. The goal is the same as when you’re little and you try it on the beach a million times. It never comes off, but it just so happened that it came off that day.”
Throughout his career Aduriz has always been a very humble person. He may be a club legend, but he never expected to outpouring of love he’s had since retiring. “I’ve received so many messages or encouragement that I haven’t even been able to respond to everyone. The level of affection has been overwhelming. I didn’t expect it.”
When Athletic take the field again on Sunday Aduriz will no longer be a player. He may not be on the bench, but he is excited to support his beloved club as a fan. Aritz Aduriz has always represented what it means to be Athletic and wear the shirt, but now life will look a little different.