There are some athletes who retired early while they are still at the top of their game. Retiring and un-retiring is not something common. Staying in the spotlight means doing as many memorable things as possible. Here are five famous athletes who retired only to make a comeback.

5. Lance Armstrong – Cycling

Lance Armstrong is best known for winning the Tour de France after beating testicular cancer. He is probably the greatest cyclist in the world. He has won the Tour De France an impressive 7 times. Lance retired in 2005, however, he made his return to the sport in 2009.

4. Romario – Football

Many people don’t talk much about Romario. But Romario is a former world cup winner and is considered by many as one of the greatest to ever grace the game. Like Pele, he is one of two men to score over 1000 goals in their career. Romario initially retired from the sport in 2008, however one year later he signed a contract with América Football Club.

3. Michael Jordan – Basketball

Michael Jordan is one of few athletes to have retired more than once from the same sport. In 1993 Jordan announced his retirement from Basketball, pursuing a career in Baseball. In 1995 Jordan returned to the NBA in what was a media frenzy. Jordan retired for a second time in 1999 however he returned in 2000 as a player/owner. In 2003 he finally retired on a permanent basis.

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