A lot of modern footballers have been playing football for a long time and very soon, they will bid goodbye to their respective clubs to rest and enjoy what they have achieved through playing football.
Well, there are still a host of footballers who has exceeded expectations in terms of playing football for a long time.
Footballers generally tend to search for greener pastures in football at end of their 20s while some end up retiring before the age of 35.
With that, let's take at five world-class footballers who could retire or hang their boot in 2022.
Gianluigi Buffon has been playing football for over 20 years now and during his football career, he played for Juventus Juventus, and Paris Saint-Germain before he returned to Parma earlier this year.
Buffon is currently 43 years old and he has enjoyed a successful football career. He will turn 44 years old in January 2022 and there is a high possibility that he will retire that same year.
2. Luka Modric from Real Madrid:
Luka Modric is undoubtedly one of the best midfielders of his generation and he made his name with Tottenham before he was signed by Spanish giants Real Madrid in 2012.
Modric is 36 years old and he has won two La Liga titles and three Supercopa de Espana trophies, as well as four fantastic UEFA Champions League titles.
He won the 2018 Ballon d'Or award and also became the first midfielder to win it in over 12 years.
With the way things are going in his football career, I think Modric could retire in 2022 when he turns 37 years old.
3. Thiago Silva from Chelsea:
Thiago Silva is another player who I expect to retire in 2022.
He is widely regarded as one of the best defenders in modern football and he has won Ligue 1 seven times, the League Cup five times, and the Coupe de France five times.
Silva has become one of the most important players in the defensive line at Chelsea.
I must say that he is the oldest man to play for Chelsea in a major European final, at 36 years and 249 days. He signed his contract with the Blues until 2022 and Silva will likely retire at Chelsea.
He could hang his boots at the age of 37 years.
4. Giorgio Chiellini from Juventus:
Giorgio Chiellini is one of Juventus' longest-serving players in the modern era. He has spent 17 years with Juventus, making over 400 league appearances.
He is widely regarded as a top defender and had also won a good collection of trophies. Giorgio won Serie A nine times with Juventus and he could retire as a club legend for Juventus.
He is 37-year-old and could hang up his boots in 2022.
5. Zlatan Ibrahimovic from AC Milan:
Zlatan is one of the most famous footballers in modern football. He has played for nine different clubs in 22 years and has achieved greatness in almost all of them.
Zlatan has made over 700 professional appearances, scoring over 500 career goals in the process.
I regarded him as one of the best strikers of his generation, because of his natural attacking ability that is matched by few footballers.
He is also one of three players, along with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, to have reached double figures for league goals in Europe’s top five leagues in eleven consecutive seasons. What an excellent footballer to behold.
Zlatan will turn 40 years old next month and I am very sure that he will finally hang up his boots in 2022 and move on to the next chapter of his life.
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