Andrea Pirlo becomes the latest entrant to the legends who retired in 2017. The year has seen some of the finest players of 90’s era, the football will not be same for a lot of fans. The players have a special place in the heart of their fans and we here look at some of the legends who retired from football in 2017.
The Legends Who Retired in 2017
Totti a name which should be synonymous with the word Loyalty. Playing his entire career at one club is not easy. Totti said during an interview prior to retirement “I always wanted to end my career having only worn one shirt – the Roma one – and I think I earned it.”
Totti played 786 matches for Roma scoring 307 times in them. A fantastic record for a loyal servant of the club.
The legendary Roma player has retired as a player at the club but will be part of the club as a member of Roma’s technical board.
The Spanish legend won every major title in Europe and World. Xavi Alonso has a career which many would envy. The midfielder who started his career at Real Sociedad played in 3 of the biggest club in Europe.
After joining Liverpool in the English Premier league, Xabi won a Champions league in his 5-year stay in England. The World Cup winner returned to Spain in 2009-10 for the Real Madrid. Playing for Real, Xabi Achieved a unique feat of winning Champions League with two different clubs.
He ended his career recently at Bayern Munich before helping them win 3 Bundesliga titles in his 3-year stay in Germany. The world will miss midfield maestro, he was a fantastic servant for every club he represented.
Philipp Lahm is another player who spent his entire career at one club except for a season on loan at Stuttgart. A loyal Servant of Bayern Munich won numerous Bundesliga titles and a champions league.
One of the finest fullbacks in the game, Lahm was an excellent leader both for the club and the nation.
“My leadership style is in the way I give my best every day, in every training session and every match. I believe I can do this until the end of the season but not beyond then. It is clear to me I will stop,” Lahm said the Guardian.
The German represented 113 times for the national team, a truly legendary full back.
In 13 years career at Chelsea which saw Frank Lampard become a world star started his career at West Ham. Moving to Chelsea was a turning point not just in his career but also for the fans who got to see an incredible player.
Frank Lampard won a champions league and three premier league title at Chelsea before moving to Manchester City on a short-term contract.
“I’m immensely proud of the trophies I’ve won, of representing my country over 100 times and of scoring more than 300 career goals,” Lampard wrote on Instagram.
Andrea Pirlo becomes the latest entrant in the retired legend list. The Italian announced his retirement after playing his final game in New York City in MLS playoff.
The 38-year-old won 116 caps for Italy and helped them win the 2006 World Cup. New York City manager Patrick Vieira said Pirlo “changed football forever”
Pirlo played over 800 matches in his career winning 8 Seria-A titles, a couple of champions league trophies and a world cup.
These legendary names will remain forever in the heart and minds of the people.