It seems like the golden age of football are behind us. Three top players in football history are retiring or ending their professional careers! Lionel Messi, Christian Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic have moved towards their retirement. Sad times for die hard football fans.
Ronaldo made his debut with Al Nassr in January after signing a two-and-a-half-year deal worth more than 200 million euros ($220.16 million), according to the media. Many believe with this move he signed his retirement from professional football. True or not, Ronaldo can not be seen in one of European football teams, wining trophies and bringing joy to many of his followers and die hard football fans.
The Portuguese forward said he is content in Saudi Arabia and expects other well-known athletes would join the league for the upcoming season. His wishes just came true!
According to Relevo, a Saudi group has arrived in Paris to try and finalize the signing of soon-to-be free agent Lionel Messi.
Regarding the 35-year-old, who will be freed from his Paris Saint-Germain contract on June 30, a number of occurrences have occurred during the past weekend. SPORT reported on Saturday morning that Messi’s capture by the Saudi club, Al-Hilal, is anticipated to be announced on June 6. Then, before PSG formally announced his departure in a statement, Messi told ESPN he would be leaving the club.
In the evening’s final game for the giants supported by Qatar, Messi was jeered by some sections of the Parc des Princes audience after squandering a close-range opportunity in a shocking 3-2 loss to Clermont Foot. The Argentine patriarch refuted claims made in the same email by El Chiringuito and the AFP that Messi had accepted an outrageous offer put up by Al-Hilal. Yet, many believe, he will continue his career or sign his retirement in Arabia.
One more GIANT announced his retirement
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Swedish national football player with Bosnian roots announced just yesterday his retirement from professional football after a season plagued by injuries. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, a seasoned AC Milan forward, announced his immediate retirement from soccer on Sunday, ending a career filled with trophies at some of Europe’s greatest clubs. The 41-year-old Swedish striker announced he was bidding farewell to football but not his supporters after his team’s 3-1 victory over Hellas Verona in their season finale on Sunday in front of a cheering San Siro crowd.
After the game at San Siro, Ibra received a guard of honour from his teammates. The moment has come to say goodbye to soccer, but not to you, he said as he took the podium, fighting back tears.
93 goals were scored by Ibrahimovi in 163 games throughout his two stints at Milan. His second league championship with the Rossoneri came last year as he helped Milan win Serie A. He came back in January 2020.
But after having a knee operation last year, he has suffered with injuries and has only made four appearances this season.
“I have so many memories and emotions inside this stadium,” Ibrahimović said. “The first time I arrived you gave me happiness, the second time you gave me love.
“I want to thank my family … I want to thank my second family: the players. I want to thank the coach and his staff for the responsibility, I want to thank the directors for the opportunity. Last but not least, from my heart, I want to thank you fans.”
He began his career with his hometown club Malmo and later spent time at Paris Saint-Germain, Inter Milan, Barcelona, Juventus, and Ajax, where he won numerous trophies.
He appeared in 122 games for Sweden and scored 62 goals.
Most of his teammates, who were all sporting jerseys with his name and squad number on the back and were there at San Siro on Sunday, were in tears, as were a large portion of the crowd.
Ibrahimovic told reporters that when searching for someone to give him the courage to control his own tears during his speech, he struggled to locate someone who wasn’t crying.
Ibra couldn’t help but crack a joke:
“I woke up this morning and it was raining, and I thought ‘Even God is crying,’” he said with a smile.
Even before the game began, there were moving images as a huge banner reading “Godbye” was unfurled at one end of the stadium. Ibrahimovi was driven to tears as the crowd yelled his name and he cupped his hands in the shape of a heart and gave them kisses.
He did, however, complete his remarks in trademark Ibrahimovic style with a smile.
It’s too difficult; I’m currently experiencing a lot of emotions, he stated. But if you’re lucky, I’ll say, “I’ll see you around.”
Following that, Ibrahimovi circled the stadium while singing “Simply the Best.”
GOODBYE IBRA! YOU WROTE FOOTBALL HISTORY AND THEREFOR YOU MADE YOURSELF IMMORTAL!