He confirmed his retirement on his official social media pages.
The former Brazil international has, along with Sao Paulo, been linked with a return to AC Milan, where he won the Champions League, Serie A and the Ballon d’Or during the peak of his career.
Speaking to Globo on Sunday, he described his decision to call it quits.
''I needed time to think and take a very calm decision, very calm and very aware of what I will want for my professional life. Then I asked some people very close to me— my parents, my brother, my girlfriend and my brother’s wife, there are five people— I asked them to pray''.
''And studying, seeing what happened in this moment, proposals. I went to Europe to watch some games, to feel the emotion of the game there, where football really has its highest point. And very aware, I came to a conclusion that it’s time to end my career as a professional footballer.''
"A new stage of preparation comes. Now I will prepare myself to continue in football and to have another role, but it will not be as a professional player, athlete. I would like to take part in a club in a form more… a manager, a sporting director, someone that stays between the pitch and the club.
"I prepared myself a lot to be a professional footballer and I want to prepare myself for this new role, I want to see and observe a little from afar.
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