Mikael Forssell has announced his retirement from professional football after a 20 year career. The Finn played 108 games in the Blues shirt, scoring 32 goals.
Although he did have his issues with injuries, he has always remained a firm favourite among supporters with the majority of his goals coming in the top flight. The 37 year old announced on Twitter his decision to quit:
Thank you all????????⚽️????❤️ #retired @Huuhkajat @ChelseaFC @CPFC @borussia @BCFC @Hannover96 @LUFC @hjkhelsinki @VfLBochum1848eV @HIFKedustus #fans #friends #teammates #clubs #teams #stakeholders #respect #grateful #proud #itwontstop pic.twitter.com/6JnqroU5TW
— Mikael Forssell (@MikaelForssell) May 12, 2018
On Twitter, fans warmly gave their best wishes to the Blues legend:
— Sue Wilson (@sues2009) 14 May 2018
Thanks for everything Mikael #KRO
— Mike Tomkins (@Mikey_JT) 12 May 2018
— bluenose mucka (@RichardTonry) 12 May 2018
One word, Legend. Thank you @MikaelForssell! Keep Right On!
— King Kieftenbeld (@ScottMarsh10) 12 May 2018
feed the fors and he will score good luck with whatever is next for you. Was a pleasure to watch you play. KRO
— Jo Gibson (@blueJo85) 12 May 2018
Good luck for your coaching career! KRO #BCFC
— Jack McCracken (@Jack_McCracken5) 12 May 2018
Good luck in all your endeavours Sir & thanks for the memories. KRO!!
— Steve Davies (@SteveDavies1966) 12 May 2018
Feed the force ????KRO all the best
— charlie (@ChazzOnline) 12 May 2018
Thanks for the memories Mikael, best @BCFC striker We be had during my time supporting this great club…lethal when in the 18 yard box with pace and power to boot…Thanks again Mikael, hope we are reunited soon #KRO
— Deano (@dean_bcfc) 13 May 2018
Mikael is looking to get back into football as a coach or manager after studying for a masters in sports management, as well as taking his coaching badges. It would be great to see him back at St Andrews at some point in the future in some sort of coaching capacity.
He will always be welcome back at the club where he spent the best moments of his career, and it was a great privilege to see him play for us. KRO