Top 5 World Football Retirements 2009


Paolo Maldini (AC Milan) – A true Legend in italy Maldini has 126 international appearances under his name since his debut in 1988. Maldini played for 25 years until the age of almost 41. In that time, he was a winning member of seven Italian Serie A championships, one Coppa Italia, five Supercoppa Italiana, five UEFA Champions League Cups, five UEFA Super Cups, two Intercontinental Cups and one FIFA Club World Cup.He retired from the national team in 2002 after nearly 8 years as team captain

Luis Figo (Inter Milan) – A name we all know well the pride of portugal and one of the players to come from the nation.Figo was the 2000 European Footballer of the Year, the 2001 FIFA World Player of the Year, and was named amongst the FIFA 100.Figo is one of the few footballers to have played for both the Spanish rival clubs FC Barcelona and Real Madrid, he had a successful career highlighted by several trophy wins, such as one Portuguese Cup, four Liga titles, two Spanish Cups, three Spanish Super Cups, one UEFA Champions League title, one UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, two UEFA Super Cups, one UEFA-CONMEBOL Intercontinental Cup, four Serie A titles, one TIM Italian Cup and three Italian Super Cups

Juan Sorin (Cruzeiro) former Argentine footballer. He was born in Buenos Aires. He is a much-travelled player, having spent time in Argentina, Brazil, Spain, Italy, France and Germany. He was captain of the Argentine team in the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
He is a versatile left wing-back who can play anywhere on the left wing. He has an eccentric style of play and, despite being played in defensive roles, is often found up front attacking, using his technical and heading skill to great effect.Know as a real work horse and will always be remembered by many clubs he played for.

Bernd Schneider (Bayer Leverkusen) Nicknamed “Schnix” and “The white Brasilian”, he was known for his skills and accurate free kicks and corners. Even though seldom a finisher, Schneider was also useful in front of goal.On 29 May 2009, Schneider’s first club Carl Zeiss Jena named him as mentor to club president Peter Schreiber and he began to work as scout for Bayer Leverkusen on June, immediately after retiring from the game


Pavel Nedved (Juventus) He is one of the most successful Czech players to have played in a top European league, winning numerous accolades with Lazio and Juventus. Widely regarded as one of the best midfielders the Czech Republic has produced in the modern era, he was the recipient of the prestigious Ballon d’Or in 2003 while at Juventus. He is known for his energy and tireless runs as well as his goal scoring ability.Nedved retired after the 2008-09 season after 19 years as a professional.We will miss those flying golden locks running down the wing.

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