Spurs ace Ginobili retires from NBA

San Antonio Spurs star Manu Ginobili confirmed his retirement from basketball on Monday, bringing down the curtain on a 23-year career that included four NBA Finals victories.

The 41-year-old Argentine star confirmed his retirement in a brief posting on social media.

"Today, with a wide range of feelings, I'm announcing my retirement from basketball," Ginobili wrote.

"IMMENSE GRATITUDE to everyone (family, friends, teammates, coaches, staff, fans) involved in my life in the last 23 years. It's been a fabulous journey. Way beyond my wildest dreams."

The veteran shooting guard was a key part of the San Antonio teams which won four NBA crowns between 2003 and 2014 after joining the league in 2002 from Italian team Virtus Bologna.

As well as the four NBA titles, Ginobili was twice selected for the All Stars in 2005 and 2011.

He also helped Argentina score a shock gold medal victory at the 2004 Olympics in Athens.

Ginobili appeared in 1,057 games during his career, averaging 13.3 points, 3.8 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.32 steals.

He also appeared in 218 playoff games, averaging 14 points per game. Ginobili and LeBron James are the only two players in postseason history to have amassed at least 3,000 points and 300 three-pointers in the playoffs.