Danny Simpson has paid tribute to his former Newcastle United teammate Demba Ba, who confirmed his retirement on Monday.
The 36-year-old announced his decision on social media, despite only joining Lugano in June of this year.
But Ba has decided to hang up his boots, and was greeted with a plethora of wonderful messages from Toon fans.
He has also received praise from his former teammate Simpson, who responded to the announcement on Twitter.
Simpson wrote: “Congratulations on an amazing career bro. You smashed it and it was a pleasure to share a pitch with you at NUFC. Good luck to you and your family in your next journey.”
Demba Ba was fantastic for Newcastle
Ba joined the Magpies back in 2011, arriving on a free after relegation with West Ham.
He only spent a year and a half at St James’ Park, but he made a huge impression.
Ba scored 29 goals in 58 appearances for Newcastle United, and helped them finish fifth in 2011/12.
Simpson was there during the entirety of Ba’s Toon career, joining Newcastle himself in 2009.
While Ba has retired, Simpson is still going. He recently joined Championship side Bristol City.
The right-back’s message to Ba will resonate with fans, who adored the striker during his short stint on Tyneside. It was devastating when he joined Chelsea, who activated a £7million release clause in his contract.
Simpson says it was a pleasure to share a pitch with Ba, and for fans it was a pleasure to watch him. He scored some stunning goals, including a cracker in a 3-0 win over Manchester United.
Here’s to a happy retirement, Demba!