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5 Footballers who were forced to retire early

The Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) claimed that the average retirement age for a footballer is 35 years old. Find out which players ended their career before that ‘golden age’.

1.Michael Johnson

Johnson made his Premier League debut for Manchester City in 2006 when he was still an England youth international, for both the under-19 and under-21 teams. In 2007 he had an abdominal injury and underwent a hernia operation. Since then he seemingly lost interest in the game. He was only 24 years during that time. What a waste of potential…


2.George Best

Best gave up football just before his 28th birthday. It’s a shame cause he was one skilful footballer; he quit after making 470 appearances for Manchester United, winning the league title twice, the European Cup once and the Ballon d’Or as Europe’s best player in 1968!

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3.Just Fontaine

Fontaine was a fine footballer; he will always be remembered for his 1958 FIFA World Cup performance, where he scored 13 goals in just six matches. He was forced to retire at 28 years and 11 months old because of a recurring injury.

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4.Stuart Holden

Holden was attacked outside a bar in Newcastle because he was a Sunderland player, leaving him with a fractured left eye socket. He didn’t quit then and continued playing for Houston Dynamo, Bolton Wanderers, and Sheffield Wednesday (loan). While he was playing for Bolton Wanderers, he suffered a knee injury when going in for a tackle with Jonny Evans leaving him with 26 stitches and a fracture of the femur near the knee joint. Since then he kept on suffering from recurring injuries and decided to end his career when he was only 28 years old.

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5.Andreas Laudrup

Inspired by his father’s incredible career, Michael Laudrup, who had won league titles with Ajax, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus, Andreas set a high bar for himself. As his career started to soar in the right direction, he was diagnosed with chronic rheumatoid arthritis, which caused him to be in constant pain all the time. He retired at the age of 25.

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