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Ex-Real Madrid, Liverpool striker Morientes announces retirement

Former Real Madrid and Liverpool striker Fernando Morientes has announced his retirement from football.

The 34-year-old, who spent last season at French champions Marseille, has decided to quit because he wants to have more free time with his family.

Morientes will now move into a job in Spanish television, where he will commentate on Europa League matches and Euro 2012 qualifiers.

He told radio station Cope in an interview reported in Tuesday's edition of Spanish newspaper Marca: "After 17 years of top-level football... I want to spend more time with my family."

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