One of Maltese waterpolo’s longest-serving players has decided to call it a day.
Neptunes captain Niki Lanzon announced his retirement on social media after leading his team to a quadruple cup win in the Premier League.
Niki, 38, joined the Balluta Bay club 23 years old, making his debut at the age of 15.
Since then, he has been an iconic player for Neptunes, winning nine championships, nine Presidents Cup and eight winter leagues.
He was also voted water polo player of the year in 2001 and 2004.
A spokesman for Neptunes said: ‘On behalf of all the committee, members and supporters, we would like to wholeheartedly thank Niki for his dedication and loyalty to the club throughout a hugely successful career of almost 25 years.’
Fans paid tribute on Facebook, describing him as ‘a true gentlemen’.
One posted: ‘Besides being a brilliant player from a very young age, Niki has shown the waterpolo community in Malta what it means to be a star, loyal and humble.’
Another said: ‘It will be a great loss for waterpolo. One of the greatest players Maltese waterpolo has produced. A gentleman in and out of the water.’
A third wrote: ‘Niki, you will definitely be missed! A great dedicated and professional player and gentleman, respected by everyone. A role model and inspiration for many young players.’