Celia Sasic: Women's World Cup top scorer quits, aged 27
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Germany striker Celia Sasic, the top scorer at the 2015 Women's World Cup, has retired from football, aged 27.
Sasic, who won 111 caps, announced her decision to quit on her Facebook page, stating that she wanted to finish her studies and raise a family.
"I have decided to go a new way and end my playing career," she stated.
Sasic helped Frankfurt win the 2015 Champions League title and won two European Championships with Germany, for whom she scored 63 goals.
Despite being the leading scorer at the World Cup, with six goals, she missed a penalty in the semi-final against the United States with the score 0-0. USA went on to win 2-0.
National team coach Silvia Neid said: "I regret Celia's decision, but she also understands that football is not everything in life and there always comes a moment in life when you need to focus on other priorities.
"She was always a role model, on and off the pitch. We won important games because of her; she took on responsibility and completely fulfilled her role as a leading figure.
"From the bottom of my heart, I wish her all the best for the next step in her life."