Coventry City’s record signing Craig Bellamy has today retired from professional football at the age of 34.
Bellamy joined the Sky Blues in August 2000 from Norwich City in a deal worth £6m.
However he would only spend one season at Highfield Road, scoring 8 goals in 39 appearances in all competitions before joining Newcastle United for £6.5m after City suffered relegation from The Premier League – ending 34 consecutive years in England’s top flight.
Following his departure, Bellamy spoke out about his time at the club; “I never once enjoyed it at Coventry. The players were a great bunch of lads, but the ground (Highfield Road) was poor. I felt quite demoralised. I had enjoyed myself so much at Norwich – but I found I had taken a backward step.” Something which the fans have never forgiven him for.
Spells at Blackburn Rovers, Celtic, West Ham, Liverpool, Manchester City and Cardiff City would follow and made Premier League history by becoming the only player to score in the Premier League for 7 different clubs when he scored his first Cardiff Premier League goal against former club Norwich on 1st February 2014.
After making his international debut for Wales in 1998, Bellamy went on to win 76 caps, scoring 19 goals.
With Cardiff City suffering relegation in their only season in The Premier League, Bellamy has now decided to call it a day despite Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wanting him to carry on and spearhead the club back to England’s top flight.