After a decorated career in professional football, Aaron Mooy has officially announced his retirement, bringing an end to his time on the field. The 32-year-old Australian footballer shared the news through a statement released by Football Australia on Friday.
Reflecting on his journey, Mooy expressed his gratitude for having the opportunity to fulfill his childhood dreams of playing for Australia’s national team, known as the Socceroos.
Mooy acknowledged the privilege of representing his country and the honor of playing alongside some of Australia’s finest footballers, forming lifelong friendships along the way.
He expressed his appreciation for the support and guidance he received from his teammates, coaches, and the backroom staff during his time with the Socceroos, emphasizing the camaraderie that has left an indelible mark on him.
Making the decision to retire was undoubtedly challenging for Mooy, but he believes it is the right time for the next generation to experience international football.
With the recent achievements of the Socceroos in setting new standards during the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, where they advanced past the group stage for the first time since 2006, Mooy is confident that the talented players emerging in Australian football will build upon these accomplishments as they work towards the 2026 World Cup.
Mooy has been a pivotal figure for the Socceroos for the past decade, amassing an impressive record of 57 caps for his country. His international career included participating in two FIFA World Cups, showcasing his skills in Russia in 2018, and contributing to the Socceroos’ successful campaign in Qatar in 2022.
Alongside his national team duties, Mooy also made notable contributions at the club level, featuring in the highly competitive Premier League with Huddersfield Town AFC and Brighton & Hove Albion FC before moving to Manchester City. Surprising many, he then embarked on a journey in China before joining Celtic under the guidance of Ange Postecoglou, where he played a part in the team’s triumphant treble-winning season.
Graham Arnold, the Head Coach of the Socceroos, paid tribute to Mooy’s stellar career, recognizing his exceptional performances during the World Cups and acknowledging his tremendous talent.
Arnold described Mooy as a joy to coach, highlighting his on-field actions as a form of leadership that inspired the team. The impact Mooy has had on the Socceroos and the individuals within the team is immeasurable, leaving behind a lasting legacy.
The Socceroos’ Captain, Mathew Ryan, expressed the privilege of sharing dressing rooms with Mooy and witnessing his contributions both in club football and for the national team.
Ryan emphasized Mooy’s role as an amazing player who played a crucial part in the team’s success over the past decade, leaving a significant void in the Socceroos’ dressing room.
Ryan also acknowledged Mooy’s contribution to paving the way for the next generation of Australian talent, who are now making their mark in club football overseas and joining the national team setup.
While Mooy may not seek attention for his retirement announcement, Ryan emphasized the importance of celebrating Mooy’s accomplishments and his impact on the Socceroos and Australian football as a whole.
Aaron Mooy’s retirement marks the end of a remarkable career that has inspired and paved the way for future generations of Australian footballers.