Top 5 Players Who Could Retire In 2024

The most heart-wrenching part of a player’s journey is retirement, a moment in which every player is vulnerable and their whole journey flashes through their eyes. Players move on with their lives but the magic that they created on the field lives rent-free inside people’s hearts and memory for forever.

In 2023 legends such as Gianluigi Buffon, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and Diego Godin bid farewell to football. In a few months, we might see some more players being added to the list as they get closer to hanging their boots in the season 2024/25.

1: Pepe

Pepe is a quick, strong defender who became the oldest outfield player to participate in the UEFA Champions League at the age of 40 in 2023. He plays for the Portuguese national team and is regarded as one of the greatest defenders of his generation. In the 2022 FIFA World Cup, he was the oldest player to score during the knockout stage.

Age: 40
Position: Defender (Centre)
Club: Porto

The journey he had is remarkable as he paired with some of the best players in the world. It is 2024 and Pepe is still an indestructible force, most of the young defenders cannot get close to his excellence and strength. The world will never forget his days when he used to run the show in La Liga and pocket every attack coming towards him.

2: Robert Lewandowski

The captain of the Polish National Team, widely regarded as one of the finest centre-forwards of modern football, Robert Lewandowski is a Polish professional football player and currently plays as a striker for FC Barcelona. Robert Lewandowski is a prolific striker with a career marked by extraordinary records and titles.

Age: 35
Position: Striker
Club: Barcelona

A few months ago Lewandowski gave hints about getting retired and also that he might want to retire in his current club Barcelona. However, the chances of this happening are slim but we can expect him to retire in the year 2025. The player has scored tons of goals in his career and now he realises that he is slowing down. It does not mean he has lost his charm, the player is 35 but still plays better than most strikers out there. 

3: Sergio Ramos

Ramos highly esteemed Spanish professional football player who is known for his excellent skills as a centre-back and sixteen seasons spent playing for Real Madrid

Sergio Ramos made a move to his boyhood club Sevilla when he had the chance to move to the Saudi League and earn lots of fortune. The move made by Ramos itself depicts that he is considering retiring soon and he wants to retire the old traditional way, which is retiring at the boyhood club.

Age: 37
Position: Centre back (Defender)
Club:  Sevilla

He was part of the Spanish National team that won the 2010 FIFA World Cup moreover he is La Liga’s top goalscorer from a defensive position. He has been named La Liga’s best defender five times, a record in itself.

The Spaniard is certainly one of the finest defenders in the history of football and we won’t be able to witness another Ramos soon. The player has left a mark in the hearts of all Real Madrid fans and will never be forgotten.

4: Guillermo Ochoa

The legendary keeper who is the face of the Mexican team is set to possibly retire in 2024. Ochoa is a  highly regarded Mexican professional footballer who made his debut at the age of 18 and has played in 5 different FIFA World Cups. He is most famous for his 2014 goalkeeping performance in the World Cup.

Age : 38
Position : GoalKeeper
Club :   Salernitana

Ochoa is quick to stop shots and has fast reflexes which makes his goalkeeping effective. Throughout his career, he has played in various teams in Mexico, France, Spain, and Belgium. He is also the most capped goalkeeper for his country.

5: Kasper Schmeichel

Born on November 5, 1986, Kapser is a Danish professional football player. He is a highly skilled goalkeeper who is widely recognized for his leadership qualities.

Age: 37
Position: Goalkeeper
Club:   Anderlecht

Kasper has made 479 competitive appearances for Leicester over 11 years during the most successful era in the club’s history. He was a big part of Leicester City’s amazing win in the 2015-2016 Premier League season. His incredible goalkeeping skills played a key role in their historic victory. He has also represented the Danish National football team in FIFA World Cups. He has been awarded with Danish Football Player of the Year four times.

The player has earned himself a spot among the best while achieving the unthinkable and winning the Premier League.

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