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Top Footballers Who Retired in 2020

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.

Iker Casillas

Position: Goalkeeper 

Nationality: Spainiard

Clubs: Real Madrid, Porto 

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.

Stephan Lichtsteiner

Position: Right Back

Nationality: Swiss

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.

Vincent Kompany

Position: Center Back

Nationality: Belgian

Clubs: Anderlecht, Hamburger SV, Manchester City 

The Belgian stepped back after 17 years at the top level.

Javier Mascherano

Position, Center Back /Defensive Midfielder 

Nationality: Argentinian

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.

Jeremy Mathieu

Position: Left-back

Nationality: French

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

Position: Midfielder 

Nationality: Italian

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.

Fernando Gago

Position: Midfielder 

Nationality: Argentinian

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. 

Andre Schurrle

Position: Midfielder 

Nationality: German

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.

Aleksander Hleb

Position: Midfielder 

Nationality: Belarusian

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.

Aritz Aduriz

Position: Forward

Nationality: Spaniard

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.

Mario Gomez

Position: Forward 

Nationality: German

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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