International football star, Obafemi Martins has officially declared he has left Seattle Sounders FC and has now moved on to join Shanghai Greenland Shenhua Football Club, a Chinese club. In an emotional note on one of his social media pages, the footballer wrote;
Thank you Seattle. Thank you for everything. Thank you for the memories that will last a lifetime. Thank you for the endless love and support, during good times and bad. Thank you to my teammates and coaches for always believing in me.
Something I feel strongly about is challenging myself. When I came to Seattle, it was for the challenge. The challenge of playing in an unknown environment. I can wholeheartedly say that I seized the opportunity in Seattle and gave everything I had for the club.
For me it's now time for a new challenge. After significant reflection, I have decided to join Shanghai Greenland Shenhua FC of the CSL. When I left Nigeria for Italy at age fifteen with the hopes of a pro career, I put everything on the line. I was immersed in an unknown culture. It may be difficult to understand or relate to, but I've grown to appreciate the feeling I get when entering environments where Iâ€™m not a proven footballer.
We wish him all the best and also hopes he retires gracefully one day.