The Magpies and Black Eagles greeted the former Senegal international, who declared that his playing days were over on Monday
Newcastle United and Besiktas are one of the clubs to pay tribute to Demba Ba, who retired from professional football on Monday at the age of 36.
Since his prominence during his time with the French team Rouen, the African star represents ten more teams that include the Magpies and Black Eagles.
In a post on social media labeled ‘Thanks to Demba Ba’, the Turkish Super Light team, Besiktas, praised the Senegal football icon for his contributions to Turkish football during his time in Vodafone Park.
‘We learned that Demba Ba, who played for us in the 2014-15 and 2016-17 seasons and played a role in the Super Light Championship we won in the 2016-17 season, and whose hard work on the field crowned the hearts of our fans with his gentleman personality off the field, ended his active football life. We want to thank Ba for his valuable service to Turkish football and our club and wish him success in his future career, ”the 16-time Super Light Kings wrote on Instagram.
In the same vein, the English Premier League kit also appreciated the striker for his impact during his time at St James’ Park – where he scored 29 goals in 58 games.
Ba went to social media to make his decision public while expressing his gratitude to everyone who helped him grow.
It is with a heart full of gratitude that I announce the end of my career. What a wonderful journey it was, ‘he continues. Twitter.
‘Besides all the sweat and tears I faced; football has given me so many beautiful emotions.
‘From the passion of the fans and the noise of the stands to every goal to the connection with my teammates on and off the field, it will stay in my head and heart forever.
‘I want to thank everyone with whom I crossed paths and helped me grow, every club and manager who gave me the opportunity, the fans for their incredible support and my family and friends for unconditional love.
“From the bottom of my heart, thank you. Praise the Almighty. ”
On the international scene, former Chelsea star Ba has appeared in 22 matches for the Lions of Teranga, with four goals to his name.