Former Chelsea and Real Madrid ace Gonzalo Higuain is said to be considering retiring at the age of 33, which would see him follow in the footsteps of 12 other players who bowed out too early
Gonzalo Higuain is reportedly considering retiring from football at the age of 33 – but he wouldn’t be the first player to hang up his boots earlier than expected.
Higuain has failed to impress since moving to David Beckham’s Inter Miami last year, scoring a mere 11 goals in 35 appearances over the past two MLS campaigns.
The former Real Madrid and Juventus striker was dropped by Phil Neville earlier this term as a result of his poor fitness, and The Sun claim Miami insiders expect him to bow out from football when the regular season ends next month.
Just under two months shy of his 34th birthday, Higuain would be retiring earlier than anticipated if he does indeed call time on his career next month.
And amid his potential exit from the game, Brinkwire Sport have taken a look back at 12 other players who called it a day prematurely.
During his memorable stint at Manchester United Cantona proved one of the most enigmatic characters in Premier League history, and his decision to retire at the age of 30 only added to the mystery.
The controversial Frenchman scored 82 goals in 185 games for United after joining from Leeds in 1992, helping Sir Alex Ferguson’s men clinch four Premier League titles and two FA Cups.
Yet, after wrapping up his fourth and final title in 1997, Cantona sent shockwaves rippling through European football by walking away from the game because of his lack of “passion” for it.
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Before heading off to the 2006 World Cup in Germany, Zidane announced he would be retiring from professional football after the tournament’s completion.
The legendary midfielder, nearing his 34th birthday at the time, inspired France all the way to the final, albeit where he infamously brought the curtain down on his iconic career by headbutting Marco Materazzi in their defeat against Italy.
While his time in the game wasn’t exactly cut short at 34, Zizou’s majestic performances at that World Cup, coupled with the shocking manner in which it ended, meant fans were gutted when he followed through with his retirement plan.
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