Former Liverpool top scorer released amid injury turmoil - Is his career over?

Milan Baros has possibly played his last game of football - after his release by Antalyaspor just six months into his deal.

When Liverpool signed talented striker Milan Baros in 2002 they were snapping up a talent being courted across Europe. He was part of the Czech Republic side that had just won the European Under-21 Championships by beating France in the final - and he was one of the stars of the show - earning a lucrative move to Liverpool in the process.

But his career in England was certainly up-and-down. While he failed to produce consistent form whilst at Liverpool, although he was their top scorer in the 2004-05 season, Aston Villa or Portsmouth he was still considered hot property due mainly to his excellent performances for the Czech national team.

In 2004 he was part of the Euro 2004 All-Star Team and also finished the competition as top scorer as a highly fancied Czech side lost out to Greece in the semi-finals.

Since those awkward days in England he has forged out a very good living in Turkey with Galatasaray. Revered by the fans he was the league top scorer in 2009 and scored 63 appearances in 116 games overall in his Gala career.

But his injury turmoil took its toll and Gala could no longer rely on him and he was released last season.

At the start of this season, after a spell with first club Banik Ostrava, he decided he wanted to return to Turkey, completing a one-year deal with Super Lig club Antalyaspor this June.

However, his unfortunate injury record has struck again - and today it seems his career is coming to an end.

He tore his cruciate ligaments just before Christmas in a 3-2 win v Genclerbirligi - and today Antalyaspor released him from his contract at the club in order to free up a foreign player space and valuable wages.

Their club director paid homage to the striker after the decision, which was mutual by both parties, but also revealed the door was not shut if he wanted to continue working at the club:

"Our door will never be closed to [Milan] Baros. He is welcome to be involved with Antalyaspor in different areas, as sporting director could be an option. Baros must first consider his health, how much time until he is back, and whether he decides to carry on playing soccer."

It seems as though this promising career, so often curtailed by injury issues, may have finally come to an end.

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