We have already seen the likes of some world-class players like Drogba, Lucio, and Florent Malouda, who are still playing even in their 40s. But it is not just the physical fitness that drives them to play their game well but the passion. There are some others who have decided to hang their boots even if they were still at their prime. But why so early? All in all, here are the top 5 world class footballers who retired early.
5. Didier Deschamps – 32 years
—World Cup winner as a player in 1998
—World Cup winner as a manager in 2018
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Didier Deschamps led his team to the 1998 FIFA world cup trophy. Something that was extremely unbelievable from the French side. But the midfielder went on to do something completely unpredictable three years later, announcing his retirement in 2001 at the age of 32. For some, the reason was due to injuries. But others believe it was the mere fact that he had already made up his mind. Today, Deschamps is the only players to win the world cup as a player and as a coach.
4. Jamie Carragher – 29 years
How many times have you heard a 29-year-old footballer retiring? Carragher spent over 17 years playing as a feared defender for Liverpool. He was a part of the Liverpool that defeated AC Milan in an unexpected manner to win the UEFA Champions League back in 2005. However, Carragher announced his retirement from International football at the age of 29 back in 2007.
3. Eric Cantona – 30 years
One of the dirtiest players in the history, Cantona’s career was filled with spats, suspensions, and bans! But his style of play has inspired many to play football at a higher level. Surprisingly, the Manchester United legend said his passion for the game made him retire from it. Thus, in 1997, he retired at the age of 30.