Spanish basketball icon Sergio Rodriguez has officially retired from basketball after an illustrious 20-year career that spanned continents and championships.

In a heartfelt statement, Rodriguez announced, “The day has come. After 20 years as a basketball player, I would like to share with all of you a decision that will change my life. The time has come to put an end to my sports career.”

His decision to retire comes on the heels of a remarkable season where he helped secure titles in the Liga ACB, Copa del Rey, and Supercopa with Real Madrid, culminating in a dream farewell.

Rodriguez was close to a perfect final year, as his team was close to winning its 12th EuroLeague title, falling short against Panathinaikos in the Final.

The point guard expressed gratitude toPresident Florentino Pérez and Juan Carlos Sánchez for facilitating his return to Real Madrid in 2022, where he felt at home.

“Thank you, President Florentino Pérez and Juan Carlos Sánchez, director of the Basketball Section, for allowing me to return to the club where I feel at home.”

Throughout his career, Rodriguez played a pivotal role for Real Madrid, capturing every possible title and fulfilling his childhood dream of playing in the NBA for five seasons.

“Debuting with Club Estudiantes, playing for the biggest club in the world, Real Madrid, and fulfilling my dream of playing in the NBA for five seasons were incredible experiences.”

His journey also included successful stints in Russia with CSKA Moscow and in Italy with Olimpia Milano, where he continued to excel.

“I have lived two very important experiences for me in Russia with CSKA and in Italy with Olimpia Milano, always feeling the trust of their managers, coaches, teammates, and staff.”

Internationally, Rodriguez proudly represented Spain, earning seven medals including Olympic silver and bronze, a World Cup, and a EuroBasket championship.

“I have had the privilege of representing my country with the Spanish National Team and winning seven medals, including an Olympic silver and bronze, a World Cup, and a EuroBasket.”

Reflecting on his career, Rodriguez acknowledged the unwavering support of his wife Ana and their four children, who motivated him to strive for greatness.

“Nothing would have been possible without Ana. Thank you for giving me the essential support to form a wonderful family while I dedicated much of my time to basketball.”

He thanked his parents for their constant support and understanding during his formative years in basketball. “To my parents, for their unwavering and constant support, allowing me to fly and develop personally and professionally.”

Rodriguez also expressed gratitude to his brother Javi, agents José Ortiz and Arturo Ortega, physiotherapist Joaquín Juan, and sponsor Adidas for their enduring support.

“Thanks to my brother Javi, my agents José Ortiz and Arturo Ortega, my physiotherapist Joaquín Juan, and Adidas for their constant support and help in making the right decisions.”

His illustrious career boasts numerous accolades, including three EuroLeague championships, an MVP title, and multiple domestic league honors.

As Rodriguez bids farewell to basketball, he leaves behind a legacy of excellence, passion, and unwavering dedication to the sport he loves.

“The day has come. I have given everything I had and enjoyed it more than I could have ever imagined. Thank you very much for this incredible 20-year journey.”

Rodriguez’s teammate on Real Madrid, Rudy Fernandez, has also retired, marking an end of an era.