Footballers slow down once they turn 30 and few years thereafter many hang their boots to turn to coaching or other professions. During retirement, many players are normally available on a free transfer because clubs don’t really see the value of spending cash to sign them. Today we are looking at a number of players who despite announcing their retirement whether deliberately or due to injury had a high market value in Europe.
7. Daniel Osvaldo- €5 Million
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Argentine-born Italian striker Daniel Osvaldo surprised many in September 2016 when he decided to hang his boots at what many in football circles will say is a tender age of 30 years. He struggled to settle in any club for over 10 years.
He had two poor seasons at Premier League side Southampton where he was loaned to Juventus and InterMilan. The striker also played for Bologna, Fiorentina, FC Porto, Roma, Espanyol, Lecce, and Atlanta. It is always sad to see a player hanging the boots very early in their career. His value was €5 Million at his retirement.
6. Álvaro Domínguez- €6 Million
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Former Atletico Madrid and Borussia Mönchengladbach center back Álvaro Domínguez shocked the world of football in 2016 when he announced his retirement. The defender struggled for a couple of months with a serious back problem.
The 27-year-old former Spanish International helped Atletico win UEFA Europa League twice in 2010 and 2011 as well as the Super Cup in 2010. He was in the same team with David De Gea in 2011 when Spain U-21 team lifted Euros. At his retirement, his value was estimated at €6 Million.
5. Luis Figo- €7 Million
Portuguese winger Luis Figo had a market value of €7 Million when he announced his retirement aged 36 years in 2009. The star is among the few footballers who managed to play for both Real Madrid and Barcelona. He is second in La Liga all-time record of assists with 106 to his name, only Lionel Messi is ahead of him.
Figo won all trophies available in club football in Spain and Italy. This includes 4 La Liga titles, 1 Champions League title, 2 Spanish Cups, 3 Spanish Super Cups, 2 Super Cups, 4 Serie A titles, 1 Italian Cup and 3 Italian Super Cups.
4. Dean Ashton- €8.5 Million
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Another sad story of a footballer forced to retire by an ankle injury in 2009 at a tender age of 26 years. Dean Ashton had a market value of €8.5 Million when he decided enough is enough. He actually sustained the injury playing for England a similar story to Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere. The striker also played for West Ham United and Norwich City.