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Leicester legend Esteban Cambiasso announces retirement from football

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Ok, he only played for the club for one season but still...legend status.

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It seems like so long ago now.

It was the summer of 2014 and Leicester City Football Club had just been promoted back to the Premier League for the first time in a decade...and the club needed new, exciting players.

What they got was Esteban Cambiasso.

The iconic Champions League-winning Argentine, who had spent over 10 years at Inter Milan after time with Real Madrid and River Plate, was coming to play at the King Power Stadium.

It took practically all summer for the one-year deal to get finalized...but when it did, the city lost its collective mind, not believing the club had pulled off such a coup.

Read the replies on this tweet. Go on, just do it.

What came to pass was a season that we’ll all never forget...with Cambiasso rooted to the center of the pitch for a vast majority of it. The early part of the year was mostly forgettable with The Great Escape™ going down as one of the most unbelievable events in Premier League history (until the following season, that is).

Esteban, if you’re reading this, I just wanted to say thank you. You gave the club the massive kick in the rear it needed going into the season and walked away a hero after helping keep us up in the top flight where we belong.

And we loved him for it.

His goal against Manchester United in that stunning 5-3 victory is one that I will never forget and probably the goal I’ve watched most during Leicester’s recent spell back in the Premier League. Can not be topped.

For your viewing pleasure, here are his five City goals, ending with the swan song finish against QPR on the final day of the 2014/15 season.

Congratulations on your retirement, Esteban. Enjoy it. You truly are a Leicester legend.