The Magpies tweeted a message wishing the SJP academy graduate and ex-player all the best after retiring aged 39.
Northern Ireland captain Steven Davis told reporters after the nation's Euro 2020 win over Belarus in Borisov that Hughes had told the players of his plans to hang up his boots (BBC Sport).
On Wednesday afternoon, the full-back took to Twitter with a message in which he himself confirmed the news, stating that he had "lived the dream."
Hughes came through the ranks at St James' Park and made close to 300 appearances for the Tyneside outfit between 1997 and 2005, including numerous Champions League games.
The defender then joined Aston Villa in 2005 for a reported £1.35million (Transfermarkt) and spent two seasons in the West Midlands before upping sticks and moving to Fulham.
Hughes was on the books of the Cottagers until 2014, after which he had stints at Queens Park Rangers, Brighton & Hove Albion, Melbourne City, Kerala Blasters and finally Hearts.
Here is what Newcastle tweeted about their former player:
Congratulations to @AaronHughes18 on a fine career— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) 12 June 2019
The @NorthernIreland international has announced his retirement at the age of 39.
He made 279 appearances for Newcastle United, with his senior debut coming as a teenager against @FCBarcelona in the Camp Nou in 1997. #NUFC pic.twitter.com/dDW5JbUbNU
Some of the Toon Army faithful took to the social media platform to wish Hughes all the best:
One of our most underrated players ever! But yes.. no comment!— Tom Hewitt (@ThomasLiamH) 12 June 2019
Top lad top player should have never been sold ultimate professional .— Paul Wilson (@PaulWiywill) 12 June 2019
Legend— sbsam (@sbsam_sam) 12 June 2019
Really liked Hughes. Happy retirement.— Joe Halliday (@halliday_9) 12 June 2019
Good player and committed - however that was before the Ashley era so no comment— Chris Wilde (@Segga_Jack) 12 June 2019
Well done Aaron Hughes from getting away from NUFC. No comment to everything else.— Jason Miller (@rough_justice76) 12 June 2019
Other than him being a top bloke and professional I have #NoComment— Chris J Read (@cristovread) 12 June 2019
We gave him away!! Should have been with us for years!!— Mick Mahoney Supa Goalie... (@derwent1) 12 June 2019
Well done on a great career. I believe a good friend of mine, Jimmy Snowdon, helped you settle in when you moved over here from Northern Ireland and he always spoke so highly of you. Best of luck for the future.— Jimmy (@Jimmyk1978) 12 June 2019
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