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Footballers Who Retired In 2022: A List Of Players Who Called It Quits This Year

Athletes are often so young when they start their careers that they can retire early and still feel young, but what about footballers who retired in 2022? Here’s a list of the top players who called it quits this year, including some surprising names that might leave you wondering if they could have had one more great season left in them.

It’s a sad part that all footballers have to retire from football one day. Some call it the end and others are happy with their career. As for the ones that still play, they will be looking forward to their last season. And for those that have already quit, we’ll take a look at some of them below.

Players Who Retired In 2022

Here is a list of players who retired in 2022:

Carlos Tevez

Tevez played on the international stage with Argentina’s national team, winning two Copa Americas and one World Cup. He also won titles with West Ham United, Manchester United and Juventus. The 38-year-old attacker was forced to retire after complications from an injury sustained while playing for Boca Juniors.

Gonzalo Higuain

In 2019, Higuain transferred from Juve to AC Milan where he spent just one season before retiring at the age 34. In his last match with Milan, he scored a penalty against Sampdoria before being substituted off in the 60th minute. One week later, he announced his retirement through an Instagram post.

Higuain will now turn his focus to coaching with the hope that he can inspire young kids on the field like others helped him when he was younger.

Gerard Pique

The footballer of the hour is Gerard Pique. He has retired from football. The Barcelona defender, 33, announced his decision on Thursday night. I want to thank FC Barcelona for all they have given me, my family and friends for their unconditional support he tweeted. I wish you all the luck in the world. You will always be a great friend.

I know that many people will see this as the end of an era but there are new youngsters coming through. Andres Iniesta was still playing for Barcelona when Gerard Pique made his debut with Espanyol in 2002, but now there are other young defenders at Barça like Samuel Umtiti or Lucas Digne, as well as Frenkie de Jong who joins next season from Ajax. So they’re just fine without him!

Aleksandar Kolarov

It was reported that he could come out of retirement to play again but has said he will not be returning to active duty. His retirement is the latest blow for Serbian football, after Branislav Ivanovic, Nemanja Vidic and Vladimir Stojkovic also announced their retirements last week. Kolarov joins the likes of Francesco Totti, Vincent Kompany, Phillip Lahm and Gennaro Gattuso in calling time on their careers this season.

Jermain Defoe

Defoe has been a prolific striker throughout his career and was awarded the PFA Young Player of the Year Award in 2003-2004. He has scored over 250 goals for club and country, earning him the nickname Super Defoe. He is also England’s sixth most-capped player of all time, with 57 appearances to date.

While he played on until 2022, he decided not to sign another contract at age 36 after being released by West Ham United. My decision to retire was not an easy one as I still feel like I have something left in me, he said. I just felt that now is the right time. Defoe played his final game against Crystal Palace on May 12th.

Jack Wilshere

He signed for Arsenal when he was 16-years-old and went on to play for them over 200 times before moving on to West Ham United and then Bournemouth where he spent most of his time on the bench until retirement. Injuries have taken their toll on Jack Wilshere’s career with knee problems keeping him sidelined for long periods over his lifetime. During 2018, Wilshere announced that he would retire from professional football at the age of 26 because of repeated injuries.

The midfielder scored against Croatia in Russia as well as helped England qualify for Euro 2020 by beating Slovakia 2-1 on aggregate back home at Wembley Stadium last week.

He played a crucial role when Arsenal won The FA Cup back in 2014 but missed out on lifting the Premier League trophy with Arsenal this season despite being named man of the match four times during their campaign.

John Obi Mikel

No player has done more for Nigeria than John Obi Mikel. His retirement, at the age of 31, is a great loss to not only Chelsea but world football. The midfielder played for Nigeria since 2002 and made over 100 appearances for Chelsea, winning four league titles, a Champions League and a Europa League title with the London club.

He won 76 caps with Nigeria and captained the team on many occasions. He won his first international honor at the 2005 FIFA U-17 World Championship before going on to play three games at the 2006 World Cup aged just 18 years old. Mikel was part of the Nigerian squad which reached the knockout stages at their home tournament, losing 2-1 to Italy after extra time.

Mikel’s leadership qualities were recognized by Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi who handed him captaincy of the senior national side in 2013 after he had been vice-captain for five years.

Martin Skrtel

Skrtel was born in Presov (formerly Czechoslovakia), but moved to Slovakia as a child with his family when the country split. He played for the Slovakian national team, but did not participate in any major tournaments. In 2008, he made history by becoming the first Slovakian player to score in the Champions League Final, against Chelsea FC. In 2016, he became captain of Liverpool FC after Steven Gerrard’s retirement and remained captain until his retirement this year.

Martin Skrtel is regarded as one of Liverpool’s best defenders of all time and has amassed a total of 377 appearances since 2008 and has scored 20 goals. He will be remembered for being an integral part of Liverpool’s four-year trophy drought that ended this season with their FA Cup victory against West Ham United on May 18th, 2019 at Wembley Stadium in London.


This was the list of players who retired in 2022. Michael Owen, Aaron Lennon, Michael Carrick, Leon Osman, Jermain Defoe and David James were all players that retired this year. For some time there has been a high turnover of footballers retiring but this year it seemed like there were more than usual which makes one wonder if it is a trend to stop playing at the top level earlier than they used to.



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