10 Players Who Retired Too Soon

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“Three icons are from France.”

ONENEWS.MY.ID – Almost all top-level professional footballers want to keep playing until their physical limits are exhausted and they are no longer able to run.

After that, the decision to hang up his shoes or retire came to mind. Generally a professional player decides to retire at the ages of around 35-40 years.

And, if someone retires under that age, it can be said that the player is retiring early. Their reasons for retiring are by no means uniform.

We have listed at least 10 players who retired early along with the reasons that accompanied them:

Andre Schurrle

The German retired at the age of 29, leaving football on a high. Among them won the 2014 World Cup with Germany, won twice the Premier League, two DFB-Pokal trophies.

So why did Schurrle decide to retire at such a young age? For Schurrle, it was all about a decision he had thought through.

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Eric Cantona

The Manchester United legend hung up his boots in 1997 at the age of just 31. For him, the decision was born out of a desire to live the life most people get in their 20s.

“When you quit football it’s not easy. Your life gets tough,” he told The Independent at the Premier League’s 10th anniversary celebrations in 2003.

“I have to know because sometimes I feel I quit too young. I loved the game, but I no longer had the desire to go to bed early, not go out with my friends, not drink, and not do a lot of other things, the things I love in life.”

So Cantona retired to enjoy life like an unstable young man.

Zinedine Zidane

The last thing Zidane did on the pitch before retiring will always be remembered by people. He headbutted Marco Materazzi in the 2006 World Cup final against Italy.

Zidane was 34 at the time and he was named the tournament’s most prestigious player of the year, but that wasn’t enough to keep him out of the frenzy of modern football.

Actually Zidane didn’t retire completely, he just retired from professional football. He has played in a series of charity matches since then, but it has never been the same.

Michel Platini

Long before the two big names above, from the previous generation there were also those who for some reason decided to retire at the age of 32. Throughout his career, he was a player of great reputation and he is one of the coolest footballers in history – winning three Ballon d’Ors in a row is proof of that.

Frank Rijkaard

Rijkaard was probably only 32 when he hung up his boots. But, to be fair to him, retiring immediately after winning the Champions League is a pretty good way to leave a legacy.

During his last game, he helped Ajax beat his former club AC Milan in 1995, ending an iconic period for one of the greatest teams of all time.

He has lifted the trophy twice with the Rossoneri in 1989 and 1990, one of them scoring the winner against Benfica in the last year.

He then continued his footsteps in the coaching world, one of his success stories was when he brought Barcelona to the Champions League in 2006.

Patrick Kluivert

While Rijkaard was knocked out of the Champions League in 1995, one of his team-mates was just getting started – 18-year-old Kluivert was the star last night after scoring the winner against Milan, capping his debut season with 21 goals.

He stayed at Ajax for two more years, before one season with Milan and six years with Barcelona, ​​during which he scored over 100 goals.

After that, he moved between clubs with only short games, including at Newcastle, Valencia, PSV and Lille before finally deciding to retire when he was only 31 years old.

Carlos Roa

The Argentine goalkeeper who saved David Batty’s penalty in the 1998 World Cup retired from football at the age of 29, and the reasons can really be appreciated.

Roa is living a more religious life as a pastor in an Adventist church, and he holds firmly to the belief that the world will end in 2000. But now it’s 2022.

David Bentley

The Arsenal academy graduate never lived up to the expectations of many, but he did play seven caps for the England national team. At club level, he played for Blackburn and Tottenham Hotspur.

He is a year older than Cristiano Ronaldo, but Bentley retired in 2014 – before he even turned 30 – and Bentley retired because he felt he was no longer passionate about playing football.

Hidetoshi Nakata

Considered by some to be the best Japanese footballer in the history of football, Nakata’s senior playing career spanned a little over a decade. His career was spent in Italy.

He played for Perugia, Roma, Parma, Bologna and Fiorentina. Nakata later revealed that he could no longer keep up with the rhythm of modern football in the final years of his career.

Davy Propper

30-year-old Dutch midfielder Propper only left Brighton in 2021. He made over 100 appearances for the Seagulls, but his return to PSV failed to revive his football career.

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