Stratos Perperoglou dice basta e si ritira.
In un’estate “drammatica” per l’era d’oro del basket greco, dopo gli annunci dei ritiri di Spanoulis, Zisis, Bourousis, arriva anche quello di Perperoglou.
Stratos Perperoglou, 36 anni, lascia dopo aver vinto 3 EuroLeghe (2 con il Panathinaikos e 1 con l’Olympiacos) ed essere stato protagonista anche con le maglie di Stella Rossa, Anadolu Efes e Barcelona.
“Over a year has passed since I laced up my shoes for the last time in an official, professional basketball game. Covid brought my career to an abrupt halt in an unexpected way. Over twenty years of my life has been given to the game I love.
Ball carried me around the world, put me under some of the most talented, successful coaches/trainers of my time. Put me on teams with players I respect, and provided golden moments etched into my mind forever. Three Euroleague Championships, mountain too highs, and character building lows. I have nothing but humble gratitude for the ride with which professional basketball has taken me. Inarguably, the hand of God never left me, nor my family, directing our steps, and making a way when none seemed possible. His plan always was for me to be a professional basketball player. As a young skinny kid in Kavala-Greece, never could I have imagined the road that lie ahead for my family and I. The places I’d go, unrealistic dreams that would become reality. It did not come without sacrifice, it never does, and not just my own. Any parent of a professional athlete knows that from the earliest of years, it’s a family commitment, a path of great gain, but also loss. Although few athletes would exchange it for any other way, it is not the path of ease.
Although a bit delayed, it’s never too late to thank all the fans, who have supported, cheered (even at times cursed 😉 ) me on the court. The world saw this last year what sport is without fans, not something any of us want to be apart of. You bring the heart, and soul to the stadiums.
Thank you to all my coaches, I’ve learned something from each of you-beyond basketball into life. Thank you to all my teammates over the years, we share the best, as well as the worst moments together, it truly is a brotherhood.
To my parents, and brother, you’ve always been in my corner, my greatest fans-I love you. Thank you.
To my wife, and children-what a ride! I’m so excited for this next chapter, what a joy to share it with you, there’s no one else I’d like by my side.
And to my God, to whom I owe everything, may You be glorified in all I do.
The best is yet to come!“