Some footballers decide to retire from either club level or international football due to different reasons. There are those players who do retire due to injury problems, while others may decide to hang up their boots due to health issues.
Let’s take a look at top 5 players who were forced to retire before they turn 30.
5. Julian Nagelsmann – Centre-back
Julian Nagelsmann is a German football coach who turned 31 in July this year and is now managing 1899 Hoffenheim.
Nagelsmann played for German clubs likes of 1860 Munich II and FC Augsburg II. But the former centre-back retired in 2008 when he was only 20 following persistent knee injuries.
He later joined coaching career, returning to former club Augsburg, where he briefly worked under Thomas Tuchel.
Nagelsmann took the responsibilities of being a head coach in February 2016, as he took the reins of Hoffenheim at the age of just 28.
4. Sebastian Deisler – Attacking midfielder
Sebastian Deisler is a former football player who played for Borussia Monchengladbach, Hertha BSC, Bayern Munich and Germany national team.
The former attacking midfielder was a very talented and special young German prospect in his time. However, he announced his retirement on 16 January 2007 when he was 27 following a serious knee injury.
In his career, Deisler played 176 games scoring 21 goals across all competitions.
3. Ruben de la Red – Midfielder
Ruben de la Red is a former Spanish midfielder who played for Real Madrid, Getafe and Spain national team.
In October 2008, De la Red was hospitalized after collapsing on the pitch in a Copa del Rey game against Real Union.
Afterwards, Real Madrid doctors came out to declare that De la Red has had a heart problem.
On 3 November 2010, De la Red announced his retirement from football at only 25 before being appointed Real Madrid youth coach.
Then Real Madrid director of football Jorge Valdano also said: “This day marks a turning point in Rubén’s life. He ends his career as a player to focus all his passion for this sport on training, he is, from today, a part of Real Madrid’s coaching staff and will start learning about what we do and how we come about it. He will also be part of Mourinho’s ‘lab’, in which every game is rigorously prepared. The objective is for Ruben to learn skills in order to apply them to whatever team he ends up being assigned to. He’s gone through all of the different teams the club has and he will use that experience to continue to be a part of the world of football.”
2. Fabrice Muamba – Midfielder
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Fabrice Muamba is an English retired midfielder who began his career at Arsenal, then Birmingham City and Bolton Wanderers.
On 17 March 2012, Muamba suffered a cardiac arrest and collapsed in Bolton’s FA Cup tie against Tottenham.
In August 2012, Bolton announced that Muamba had retired from professional football, based on the recommendation of his medical team.
The former England U21 international has retired from football when he was only 24.
1. Ryan Mason – Midfielder
Ryan Mason started his football career at Tottenham Hotspur as a young boy when he was only 8.
The Englishman went out on loan eight times before he moved to Hull City on a permanent basis in August 2016.
On 22 January 2017, Mason suffered a fractured skull after a clash of heads with Chelsea defender Gary Cahill.
The midfielder’s head injury required surgery and he underwent a successful operation.
However, in February 2018, Mason was forced to announce his retirement when he was only 26.