He lifted Atletico’s La Liga title in 2014 and captained the side in two Champions League finals.
The Spanish midfielder is hanging up his boots after two years at Qatar with
Academy graduate left the club in 2007 for
, where after a top-flight promotion he returned to his boyhood club and played a key role in
team on the pitch.
He made 417 appearances across all competitions for the club, which puts him in the eighth position on the club’s all-time list. His former teammate,
has the highest appearances in the current Atletico Madrid squad with 467 appearances.