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Benni McCarthy has retired from football following a career that saw him win the Champions League with Porto and become South Africa’s all-time leading scorer.

The 35-year-old had been playing for Orlando Pirates since 2011 after a brief and unsuccessful spell with West Ham.

McCarthy also spent four years with Blackburn Rovers but struggled with his weight towards the end of his career – he was fined almost £200,000 for being unfit while at Upton Park.

‘Football has been good to me – it has provided special moments and enabled me to be in a position to have improved the lives of my family members,’ he said in a statement.

‘For that, I am most grateful.’

McCarthy won the Eredivisie with Ajax and the Portuguese title and 2004 Champions League with Porto under Jose Mourinho.

‘I have been so blessed to have enjoyed a remarkable career that took me from the township fields of Nyanga Stadium, to winner’s medals in the Uefa Champions League and World Club Cup – the highest levels that a player can achieve in club football,’ he added.

McCarthy retires as his country’s leading scorer with 31 goals in 80 games.

‘It has been a 17-year professional career that surpassed even my own expectations,’ he said.

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