No true football fan is happy when a footballer retires from the beautiful game. In the year 2019, so many legends like Arjen Robben, Petr Cech, Robin Van Persie, Fernando Torres, Wesley Sneijder, and Samuel Eto’o are footballers who retired in 2019.
In 2020, it is very likely that many football legends will also be retiring. Especially after the major competitions taking place this 2020, we will definitely see some footballers retiring in 2020.
In this article, we will look at footballers who could be retiring in 2020. These football players retiring in 2020 are listed here based on their age, their current playing club, and their careers in the national teams.
1. Gianluigi Buffon
It would be a great loss to Serie A and other Italian football fans when goalkeeping legend, Gianluigi Buffon, retires from football.
The 41-year-old is widely regarded by all as one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time. In his career to that has spanned 23 years, he won a lot of trophies, including the World Cup and Serie A. He also ho lds the record for the most clean sheets in Serie A with Juventus, and with the Italian national team. It is likely that Buffon would finish his career this year with Juventus.
2. Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney began his career at Everton in 2002, and then he was just 17. Now, Wayne Rooney is 34 and has established himself as a legend in English football. Rooney currently plays for Derby County in the Championship. It looks very likely that he would end his football career after the season ends. Obviously, he will be always remembered as one of the greatest players to have played for Manchester United.
3. Andres Iniesta
Andres Iniesta has won every trophy there is to win as a footballer and is undoubtedly one of the greatest midfielders in football. Iniesta, 35, currently plays for a Japanese club side, Vissel Kobe, and even won the 2019 Emperor’s Cup with them.
However, he could very well be saying goodbye to football this year after a very illustrious career.
4. Dani Alves
Dani Alves is one of the best football veterans. He has won over 40 trophies, making him one of the most decorated footballers ever. At 36 years of age, Alves is still actively playing football with São Paulo FC in the Campeonato Brasileiro. At the 2019 Copa America tournament, Alves was named player of the tournament.
The legendary right-back could decide to close the chapter on his football career this year.
The Brazilian center-back, who began his career at Coritiba in 2005, has played for many top European clubs since then. Miranda, now 35, is a legend at Atlético Madrid, where he won the Spanish League and 2018 UEFA Europa League.
He had spells at Inter Milan and now plays with Jiangsu Suning. He could definitely be retiring in 2020.
6. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
The 38-year-old Swedish legend has shown absolutely no signs of slowing down or aging, but who knows he may likely be among the footballers retiring in 2020.
He has played in numerous club sides and has over 500 career goals. However, at age 38, Zlatan might decide to hang up his boots after his stint with AC Milan.