Rodrigo Mora has retired from football at the age of 31 after failing to recover from a hip injury which has caused him problems for the last year and a half. The Uruguayan forward announced his retirement on social media after River Plate confirmed he wouldn't be included in their preseason preparations in Punta del Este.
The striker was on the bench for the 2018 CONMEBOL Libertadores final against Boca Juniors in Madrid. The Uruguayan is one of just five footballers in the history of River to have won the famous trophy twice.
— Rodrigo Mora (@romorita11) 7 de enero de 2019
After a Superclásico match against Boca in 2017, Mora suffered from aseptic necrosis in the top of his femur and needed to undergo an operation. "What happened was, due to the lack of blood flow to the top of the femur, it created an infarct in the bone. This often goes unnoticed because it doesn't show any symptoms in that moment. It isn't a very common situation amongst young people or sports stars at the highest level. I don't know of any other incidences of this happening," explained Pedro Hansing, River's doctor, who performed the operation in June 2017.
Mora made a huge effort and overcome the injury. After nearly eight months out of action he returned at the beginning of 2018 and even scored River's first goal in the CONMEBOL Libertadores: he made it 1-1 against Flamengo in Río de Janeiro.
With regular setbacks due to his injury, the Uruguayan had an irregular year, but he was able to offer his support towards River's Libertadores victory. Following the triumph in Madrid, Mora announced his decision.
He arrived at River in 2012 and his goals soon won over the supporters. He leaves football with a collection of titles: 2 Libertadores, 2 Recopas, 1 Sudamericana and 1 Suruga Bank.