The 32-year old announced on Sunday (16 August 2015) via his twitter account of the decision to call it a day from the sport that brought him fame.
“This day seven years ago I scored my first goal in the English Premier League and today I say thank you, football for 15 years of playing. I thank my fans for supporting me and helping me to reach this level in football, as well as the people who pushed me to succeed.
Zaki had an illustrious career with the Egyptian national team between 2004 and 2013, making over 60 appearances for the Pharaohs. He was influential as the Pharaohs won the Africa Cup of Nations on home soil in 2006 and two years later in Angola.
A popular figure in his native Egypt following spells with El Mansoura, ENPPI and Zamalek, he is also adored by fans of English side, Wigan Athletic during a brief stint between 2008 and 2009.
He also had stints with Hull City (England), Elazigspor (Turkey) and Al-Salmiya (Kuwait).