Just like in every other year, we had top players retire from football in 2020. The impact of covid-19 a cross the world didn't allow us notice some of these retirements.
Here are the top player retirements in 2020.
The heart attack he suffered in 2019 saw him out of action for a long time before he made the decision to hang up his gloves, ending a career that saw him win 24 titles in 1,039 games.
Position: Right Back
Clubs: Grasshopper, Lille, Lazio, Juventus, Arsenal, Augsburg
The Swiss hung up his boots at 36 while playing at Augsburg. His best years came in Italy with Juventus.
Position: Center Back
Clubs: Anderlecht, Hamburger SV, Manchester City
The Belgian stepped back after 17 years at the top level.
Position, Center Back /Defensive Midfielder
Clubs: River Plate, Corinthians, West Ham, Liverpool, Barcelona, Hebei China Fortune, Estudiantes
The former Barcelona player retired in November, saying that he "played a lot less than intended" after returning to end his career in Argentina.
Clubs: Sochaux, Toulouse, Valencia, Barcelona, Sporting CP.
After suffering a serious knee injury in training, the Frenchman decided to call time on his playing days at 36.
Daniele de Rossi
Clubs: AS Roma, Boca Juniors
The 36-year-old Italian was dealing with personal problems in January, so he decided to terminate his Boca Juniors contract.
Clubs: Boca Juniors, Real Madrid, Valencia, Roma, Velez Sarsfield
He opted to retire at Velez Sarsfield in November. He is the current manager of Aldosivi.
Clubs: Mainz 05, Bayer Leverkusen, Chelsea, Wolfsburg, Borussia Dortmund, Fulham, Spartak Moscow
The World Cup winner brought an end to his playing days quite early at just 29 years of age.
Clubs: Dinamo-Juni Minsk, BATE Borisov, VfB Stuttgart, Arsenal, Barcelona, Birmingham City, Wolfsburg, Krylia Sovetov Samara, Konyaspor, Gençlerbirliği, Isloch Minsk Raion
The Belarusian enjoyed a 22-year career, most notably at Stuttgart, Arsenal and Barcelona.
Clubs: Aurrerá, Bilbao Athletic, Athletic Bilbao, Burgos, Valladolid, Mallorca, Valencia
The Athletic Club icon shocked fans with an emotional announcement in May, before the 2019/20 season had ended.
Clubs: VfB Stuttgart, Bayern Munich, Florentina, Beşiktaş, VfL Wolfsburg, VfB Stuttgart
The German confirmed his retirement decision after earning promotion to the Bundesliga with Stuttgart.
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