AFers’ Top 5 players who retired in 2018


Ronaldinho won two FIFA World Player of the Year awards and a Ballon d’Or. He was renowned for his technical skills and creativity. On 16 January 2018, Ronaldinho confirmed his retirement from football through his brother/agent. He retired as one of just seven players to have won the FIFA World Cup, the UEFA Champions League and the Ballon d’Or.

Didier Drogba

The Ivorian retired striker is all-time top scorer and former captain of the Ivory Coast national team, and is named African Footballer of the Year twice, winning the accolade in 2006 and 2009. At club level, he’s best known for his career at Chelsea, for whom he has scored more goals than any other foreign player. Drogba became a player-owner for Phoenix Rising of the United Soccer League in 2017, and retired a year later at the age of 40.

John Terry

Terry was previously the captain of Chelsea, the England national team and Aston Villa and is currently working as an assistant coach with the latter. In his final season at Chelsea in 2017, he became the first ever player to captain a team to the Premier League title on five occasions.

Following his departure from Chelsea, Terry spent one season with Aston Villa in the EFL Championship before retiring.

Michael Carrick

Carrick is best known for his 12-year playing career with Manchester United, whom he also captained. In winning the 2016 FA Cup, Carrick completed his collection of every domestic honour in the English game. In January 2018, Carrick accepted an offer to join the club’s first-team coaching staff after his retirement at the end of the 2017–18 season.

Victor Valdes 

Valdes spent most of his professional career with Barcelona in La Liga, having appeared in 535 official games for the club and won 21 major titles, notably six La Liga titles and three UEFA Champions League championships. He also won the Zamora Trophy a record five times. He currently holds the club records as goalkeeper with most appearances in the league and in official competition. After remaining without a club for the first half of the 2017–18 season, Valdes confirmed his official retirement in January 2018.

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