“Over the last few months, I’ve had to deal with back problems again, despite an initial operation a year and a half ago. After seeing new images and consulting the doctors over the last few weeks, I’ve decided to put an end to my football career. I’m very disappointed. But the joy of having been able to share these moments and emotions with you is immense”.
With these few lines and a heavy heart, Maxime Le Marchand announced on 26 June that he was calling time on his professional football career at the age of 33 on his social networks. Having arrived at Strasbourg in the summer of 2021 from Fulham, having also played for Le Havre, Nice and Antwerp (Belgium), the defender from Saint Malo made 39 appearances for Racing and scored one goal.
“I’m happy to have been able to finish my career at a club like Strasbourg, which has given me so much. My family and I have spent two wonderful years at Strasbourg. I’d like to thank the whole club, all the staff who work behind the scenes, and the fans for their support, even in difficult times. Racing will always be in my heart,” said MLM.
I would like to sincerely thank Maxime for the years he spent at Strasbourg, where he was much appreciated,” added Chairman Marc Keller. Max is an intelligent and generous boy, with a very good education, who has also put in a lot of effort off the pitch. He is also an exemplary professional with impeccable behaviour, who has always given his all for the club. We are very grateful to him.
Le Marchand, who plans to remain in the world of football, is already preparing for a career change by taking a UEFA Certificate in Football Management.