Panaji: Carlos Pena, who on Thursday announced retirement from professional football, said he enjoyed the last two years with Indian Super League (ISL) franchise FC Goa and being in India.
The Spaniard played his last two seasons with FC Goa, helping the Gaurs to their first ever piece of silverware -lifting the Super Cup in the 2018/19.
"It has been a real pleasure to enjoy my last two years in FC Goa and India. I feel incredibly blessed to have felt the love and passion of the people of Goa everyday," Pena was quoted as saying in a release issued by FC Goa.
"We have together achieved a lot and lived some memorable moments. Me and my family were lucky to have spent two years in India and I would like to say that we will forever be Gaurs," the 36-year-old added.
I would like to share with you the decision to leave behind a precious stage in my life and the announcement of continuing to be linked to this sport from another side.— Carlos Peña (@carlosgopena) April 9, 2020
Thanks to all of you who have accompanied me.
The best is always yet to come ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/zxFoeDSTk7
Last season, with him in the backline, the Gaurs went on to top the table in the league stage of the ISL and the feat helped the club become the first ever club from India to secure a place in the AFC Champions League group stage.
Over the past two seasons, Pena appeared in FC Goa colours 43 times scoring twice -- both from set-pieces in the 2019/20 season. With him at the heart of the defence, the Gaurs earned plaudits for a much-improved defence.
With his introduction alongside Fall, the Gaurs were able to keep 5 clean sheets in 5 straight games and concede only 7 goals in the last 11 games of the 2018/19 season.
(With inputs from Agencies)