In the life of every player, deciding when to call it quit is one of the toughest decisions to make. For if it was, many footballers who’ve retired today would probably play till eternity. However, in most cases, the decision to retire early is not always the will, but some unexpected and unforeseen circumstances do force them to retire.
Suffering a career-threatening injury, or maybe issues that have to do with psychology, health, or family that will ensure that it’s the right time to bid the game goodbye whether they really want or not.
But a lot of footballers have to make the decision themselves and then the fans can’t help but think that some of them retired too early, while for other players, one would think it was indeed about time to hang the boot.
Today, we will be taking a look at footballers who when they retired, had their value in the transfer market record a spike in increase.
Again, you could say that the players on this list all retired slightly before their time – whether they wanted to or not. But one thing that shouldn’t be ignored is that for their market values to have increased even when they retired, they were constantly exceptional during their playing days – albeit not all of them had the chance to play for the best of clubs and nations.
1.Alvaro Dominguez – Spain (Retired in 2016, aged 27)
This Spanish left-back can be placed in the category of players that had their career ended before they reached their peak due to injury.
Dominguez played professional football for three clubs, Athletico Madrid B, Atletico Madrid, and Borussia Monchengladbach.
He suffered from chronic back problems towards the end of his career and retired aged just 27. His market value on the day of retirement stood at £5.4 million.
2.Ryan Mason – England (Retired in 2018, aged 26)
Talk of footballers who had to retire due to health reasons, this talented English midfielder is one of such players. Ryan Mason retired in his 20s following a ghastly clash of heads with Chelsea’s Gary Cahill in 2017.
Mason suffered a fractured skull that required surgery and a year after, doctors discovered that it would be hazardous for the England international to continue playing. Thus advising him to quit. He announced his retirement 2-ago after but his market value by then stood at £6.3m.
3.Luis Figo – Portugal (Retired in 2009, aged 36)
The 2001 FIFA World Player Of The Year was renowned for his dazzling skills, creativity, and ability to swiftly get past defenders as a winger. Figo is regarded as one of the greatest footballers of his generation.
As at when this legendary winger would retire, his market value was at £6.3 million . Having played for reputable teams like Barcelona and Real Madrid. The iconic player still played at the highest level when he decided to quit playing in 2009 – A year after his fellow countryman (Cristiano Ronaldo) bagged the Ballon d’Or award at Manchester United.
4.Dean Richards – England (Retired in 2004, aged 30)
Dean Ivor Richards used to be an English defender before his career was brought to a halt in his early 30s after he was told that it would be harmful to his health should he continue playing.
His market value on the day of retirement stands at £6.3 million but tragically, he passed away in 2011 at the age of 36.
5.Martin Laursen – Denmark (Retired in 2009, aged 31)
Martin played in the center-back position during his days as a player. He wore the AC Milan jersey for three straight seasons with whom he won the 2003 UEFA Champions League and the
2004 Serie A championship.
He also played for other Italian clubs namely Hellas Verona and Parma FC, and not to forget his stint at Aston Villa where he was the team’s captain.
Martin Laursen, just like some other footballers on this list, suffered various injuries towards the end of his career. He decided in May 2009 that he’d rather retire than undergo another major surgery. And after he retired, his market value was at 7.2 million .
6.Dean Ashton – England (Retired in 2009, aged 26)
Ashton having made over 240 appearances as a forward in the Football League and Premier League for Crewe Alexandra, Norwich City, and West Ham United, and was capped by England, broke into The Three Lions squad in 2008 but had to retire in 2019 after failing to recover from a niggling ankle injury.
Despite the fact that his career was marred by injuries, his market value was much more than Figo’s even in retirement. He boasts of £7.65m .
7.Pavel Nedved – Czech (Retired in 2009, aged 36)
A member of the deadly Juventus team right from the beginning of the last decade up till 2009. Nedved was brought into the team from Lazio to replace French midfielder, Zinedine Zidane.
Described as one of the best footballers of his generation, simply because of his tenaciousness, physicality, versatility and tackling ability in the midfield role.
He retired in 2009 as a legend of the Bianconeri and his value in the transfer market was at
8.Willy Sagnol – France (Retired in 2008, aged 31)
Willy Sagnol was considered to be one of the best right-backs of his generation. The former Bayern Munich player quits football at the age of 31 (2009) because of continuing problems with his Achilles tendon and was valued at £8.55m at the time.
However, he can look back to his career and be proud of himself having won the Bundesliga in 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, and 2008 with Bayern Munich, as well as the Champions League in 2001 and the DFB-Pokal in 2003, 2005, 2006, and 2008.
9.Philipp Lahm – Germany (Retired in 2017, aged 33)
Without being sentimental, this German right-back would easily make it into any big team in Europe simply because he was dependable and reliable for Bayern Munich and the German national team. He was tagged as the talisman of the Die Mannschaft by a cross-section of the media.
Lahm could possibly have played for two to three more seasons when he announced his retirement because he was quite consistent and his boyish stature would always make him appear like a youngster.
Philipp Lahm retired at the end of the 2016/2017 season (May 2017 precisely). His market value at the time was £9.35m , the second-highest ever.
10.Zinedine Zidane – France (Retired in 2006, aged 34)
Zinedine Zidane without doubt has etched his name in the history books of the round leather game as one of the greatest players to grace the sport.
He’s another player that could still play for another couple of years but unfortunately, the french man opted to retire when the awful headbutt scenario happened at the final of the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany – the match which was his last as a professional player.
The second-oldest player on this list was worth
£10.63m at the end of his career, which was in 2006. Interestingly, Zizou is still being mentioned today as one of the best footballers to have played in the midfield position.
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