Top 11 players who retired last season

The 2013-14 season saw a number of legendary footballers retire from the game.

Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs retired from professional football at the end of last season. But the former Wales international is not the only big name player to have hung up his boots in 2013-14.

Below are 11 of the best players who decided to stop playing last season. Seven of them won the Champions League and three clinched the World Cup.


Rogerio Ceni (41)

In Europe he is almost unknown, but in Brazil Ceni is a legend. For Sao Paolo he scored a total of 113 goals from free kicks and penalties. However, he never played a big role in the Brazilian national team.


Javier Zanetti (40)

The Argentine was probably one of the most professional football players of all time. Zanetti and scandals were just two things that didn’t go together. He played almost two decades for Inter Milan and became a legend there. Now he will be part of the club's management.

Alessandro Nesta (38)

Fabio Cannavaro and Nesta forged one of the best central defensive partnerships of all times. When Italy won the World Cup in 2006, he was part of the team but missed most of the tournament because of an injury. During his career, Nesta won three Serie A titles and the Champions League twice with AC Milan. He finished his career at MLS club Montreal Impact.

Gabriel Heinze (36)

He played three years for Manchester United and was one of the most reliable players for the Red Devils. The Argentine won domestic league titles in England, Spain and France, and clinched Olympic gold with Argentina in 2004. In the last two years of his career, Heinze played for his first team Newell’s old Boys in his home country.


Clarence Seedorf (38)

The attacking midfielder is still the only player who has won the Champions League with three different clubs (Ajax, Real Madrid and AC Milan). Seedorf, who speaks six different languages, was born in Surinam but played for the Netherlands national team. He finished his career at Botafogo in Brazil before being hired as Milan’s new coach.

Deco (36)

He was born in Brazil but played for the Portuguese national team. Deco won domestic league titles in Portugal, Spain, England and Brazil. He also won the Champions League with Porto and Barcelona. He played the last three years of his career at Fluminense in Brazil.

Juan Sebastian Veron (39)

The Argentine played for Manchester United and Chelsea, and won the Premier League with the former in 2003. He also won league titles in Italy and Argentina. After finishing his career at Argentine club Estudiantes, he became their sporting director.

Juninho Pernambucano (39)

The Brazilian was one of the best free-kick specialists of all times. For Lyon, he scored 44 of his 100 goals that way. He also managed to win national championships in three different continents: Vasco da Gama in Brazil, Lyon in France (seven times in a row) and Al-Gharafa in Qatar (2010). In January his career ended at Vasco in Brazil.

Ryan Giggs (40)

Giggs played 24 years at Manchester United and won 36 trophies with them, and is one of the most respected players of all times. At the end of last season, he managed the Red Devils for four matches and will become the assistant of new boss Louis van Gaal from the next campaign.


Rivaldo (42)

The Brazilian played for 16 different teams in Europe, South America, Asia and Africa. He won the national championship in Brazil, Spain, Greece and Uzbekistan. In 2002, he was one of the key players when Brazil won the World Cup, and one year later he helped AC Milan win the Champions League. Last December he ended his career at Brazilian club Mogi Mirim.

Alessandro Del Piero (39)

For 19 years Del Piero wore the Juventus shirt and won eight Scudetti with them of which two were officially annulled because of the 2006 Calciopoli scandal. In 1996 he was also part of the Juventus team that won the Champions League. He is still the record goalscorer of the Turin giants. With Italy he won the World Cup in 2006 and played the final two years of his career at Sydney FC in Australia.

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