The pandemic has so absorbed people that many things have gone unnoticed. Since COVID-19 arrived, two football seasons have been played, and like every year, many footballers have retired, some of them highly recognized internationally for their quality and importance. Let’s see the most noteworthy.
The Asturian forward had spent years in destinations far from European football such as MLS and more recently Japan, but it was not until last year that he decided to hang up his boots after having won everything at the club and national team level.
Íker had a scare in a training session with Porto that led to a cardiac arrest and his early retirement. Fortunately, the legendary goalkeeper is well and can continue to enjoy football from off the pitch. Casillas won absolutely everything with his team and with the national team.
De Rossi fulfilled his dream of going to play Boca Juniors before retiring and after achieving it he hung up his boots last year. The Italian midfielder was an icon in Rome, and with the Italian national team he was part of the team that won the 2006 World Cup.
The “little boss” left his mark wherever he went, as well as great successes. He managed to win several European Cups with Liverpool and Barça and it will be his thorn not to have achieved something at the national team level with Argentina, despite having given a remarkable performance with the albiceleste.
The Belgian central defender left City to become an Anderlecht player and coach, but last year he decided to hang up his boots and focus on his role as a manager. With City he went down in history for being one of the captains with whom the team citizen returned to rise with the Premier.
The midfielder and former Atlético captain went to Qatar to finish his career and finally put an end to it last year, after having led the rojiblanco team to compete one-on-one with the greatest. His head will always be the titles harvested, but also those two lost Champions League finals.
One of those historic footballers ended up hanging up his boots last year after having made history with Manchester United, where he won everything and was part of one of the best teams in remembrance. He finished his career in the Derby County Championship, to which he was about to be promoted.
The Dutch winger is one of those players we will miss. An extraordinary footballer that we could enjoy until this year that ended his career. When he seemed to have retired, he decided to play one more year for his hometown team, Groningen in the Netherlands. As a player he won everything, although he will have the thorn of the 2010 World Cup in which he missed a goal heads-up.