5 footballers who we think are going to retire in 2020
Do you know that the average age of retirement for footballers is around 35 years old? Check out who we think are going to retire from professional football in 2020.
The French footballer currently plays as a winger for Fiorentina. He began his career in 1989 as a youth player for Conti Boulogne and has been playing for about 30 years now. His most notable achievements throughout his career was when came in fourth in The Guardian’s list of the best players in the world, won the French Player of the Year award three times and also when he was named German Footballer of the Year. The 36-year-old footballer has also been nominated alongside Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo on the three-man shortlist for the coveted Ballon d’Or award.
The Juventus goalkeeper has just turned 42-year-old last January 28th. Due to his age, he is one of the few recorded players to have made over 1,000 professional career appearances. Buffon is also considered as a loyal footballer as he has only played for Parma, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus throughout his career. He was named World’s Best Goalkeeper five times, the best goalkeeper of the 21st century, of the past 25 years and of the decade by The International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS).
Iniesta is currently playing as a midfielder for Japanese club Vissel Kobe since 2018. He received his education at La Masia and spent most of his career at Barcelona. In an interview, he said “Will I retire here? I hope so. I’ve got two years left on my contract and I don’t know if I will have the strength to continue (beyond that). We’ll see. I like the league that I’m in, I still feel like a footballer and I want to improve. Let’s hope (I’m in Japan) for many years, but there will be a day that it will have to come to an end.”
The Brazilian footballer is currently playing for Sao Paulo FC. In the past, he played for Bahia, Sevilla, Barcelona, Juventus and many more. He has collected over 40 trophies throughout his career. He is known for his impressive technical ability, physical strength, and pace. Will he be hanging his boots this year? Let’s wait and see…
No introduction needed for this one. Rooney is widely considered to be one of the best players of his generation and has won countless awards for his playing skills. He is also England’s all-time top scorer and their second-most capped player with 53 goals in 120 international caps.