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'Idol, inspiration and super natural footballer' - tributes paid to All-Ireland winner O'Neill following retirement
The Cork forward has been forced to retire following his latest knee injury setback.

TRIBUTES HAVE BEEN pouring in for Cork’s 2010 All-Ireland winner Colm O’Neill, who has been forced to retire from inter-county football due to injury.

The 29-year-old, who represented Cork for the last 12 years, suffered from three cruciate ligament injuries throughout his career. He picked up another knee injury in the Munster semi-final against Tipperary earlier this year when he tore cartilage in his knee.

He recovered from that to come on as a substitute in the Munster final defeat to Kerry before suffering another setback to his knee which forced him to sit out Cork’s championship exit against Tyrone.

Speaking to The42 on Tuesday, he explained that was left with ‘no option but to retire’ from the inter-county game after receiving medical advice.

“No stone was left unturned to play for Cork but due to recent recurring problems with my knee, a decision had to be made about my future in the Cork jersey,” he said.

O’Neill came on as a substitute in that 2010 All-Ireland final triumph over Down before going on to collect an All-Star in 2012.

Teammates, opponents and others have posted tributes to the forward following his decision to step away from inter-county football.

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