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5 Footballers Who Retired Before The Age of 30

5 Footballers Who Retired Before The Age of 30


The excellent fortune of being able to play soccer for many years has been denied to certain soccer players, who have been forced to retire far earlier than they should have. Because to their unlucky circumstances, these individuals' careers were cut short, and they were forced to retire early. The majority of these soccer heroes' early retirements are the result of a horrific injury that ended their professional careers.


5. David Bentley.

David Bentley announced his retirement from professional football in 2014, at the age of 29. He was the youngest player ever to do so. In front of a live television audience, the seven-time England international announced his retirement from football after being without a club for more than a year. He sobbed as he made the announcement. In the interview, he said that he had lost interest in the sport of football. Because of the effect of social media and money on football players, Bentley called the modern game as "robotic," "predictable," and "a touch too calculated." In the following years, the former Arsenal midfielder played for clubs such as Tottenham, Norwich, and Blackburn before settling in Marbella, Spain, where he became a restaurant co-owner as well as an investor in a beach club.


4. Julian Nagelsmann is a successful businessman.

When Julian Nagelsmann, then 28 years old, took over as manager of Hoffenheim in February 2016, he became the Bundesliga's youngest manager in history. The club was struggling in 17th place and on the danger of relegation at the time he took charge and would remain there until the end of the season. Meanwhile, Hoffenheim won 50 percent of their remaining games under his guidance and escaped relegation to the Bundesliga's second division. As for his playing career, he never managed to get it off the ground properly. FC Augsburg was where he began his professional career as a young player, before going on to 1860 Munich. He lived in Munich for four years, but he never showed up to any of his appointments. He was forced to retire at the young age of 20 due to serious knee injuries he endured throughout his adolescent years. Nagelsmann retired from football and went to university to further his education before taking over as head coach of FC Augsburg's reserve team, where he worked under Thomas Tuchel's tutelage. He went on to coach at all levels, from U16s to U19s, in the years that followed.


3. Sebastian Deisler.

In Sebastian Deisler, a bright and singular young German prodigy, there was no one else like him. A former Borussia Monchengladbach player, he began his professional career with the club before moving on to Hertha Berlin and, finally, to Bundesliga powerhouse Bayern Munich. The former Bayern Munich player spent five years with the club, where he played as both an attacking midfielder and a right winger at various periods. He was widely touted as the Bundesliga's next big thing, but a series of knee injuries and cruciate ligament ruptures ended his promising career prematurely and in less than illustrious fashion. Aside from the physical traumas he had incurred, Deisler was also suffering with mental health issues and had slipped into a state of depression at the time. When asked about his exhaustion after returning after an extended hiatus, the Bayern Munich player said that he was exhausted. At the age of 27, he announced his retirement in January 2007 due to a lack of confidence and severe knee troubles.


2. Just Fontaine.

Fontaine, a French striker who played in the 1958 World Cup, earned the golden boot and finished third in the Ballon d'Or awards. He scored 259 goals in 283 club games, but he is best known for his international exploits, having scored 13 goals for France at the aforementioned World Cup and retiring with a total of 30 goals in 21 appearances for Les Bleus throughout his time in the country. In 2003, the French Football Federation named him one of the 125 greatest living footballers, and Pele named him one of the 50 greatest players in the history of the game in the last 50 years. If only he hadn't been forced to retire from the sport at the age of 28 due to health issues.


1. Michael Johnson.

Former managers were dissatisfied with Johnson's poor attitude, but it was discovered after his release by Manchester City that he had been receiving therapy for mental health issues for several years, during which time he had been sidelined due to injuries, and that he had been receiving treatment for several years. While all occurrences involving injured athletes are heartbreaking, Johnson's injury appears to be a particularly egregious squandering of potential, given that he played in 36 Premier League matches while still in his teens before succumbing to illness. The midfielder retired from football at the age of 24 in 2012, however he only made 11 appearances for the club after turning twenty. Johnson is presently the owner of a real estate brokerage in Trafford.

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