10 Notable Footballers That Retired In 2022

Updated: 28 January, 2023.

Footballers have a relatively short career. Which is why most players try to make the most use of their playing days to win trophies, achieve great milestones and earn a lot of money to sustain them after retirement. In the year 2022, many footballers retired.

In this post, FootballOrbit brings you the top 10 notable football player that hung their boots in 2022.

1. Carlos Tevez

Carlos Tevez (38) announced his retirement from professional football this month, bringing an end to an illustrious career that saw him played for the likes of Boca Juniors, Corinthians, Westham United, Manchester United, Manchester City, Juventus and Shanghai Shenhua.

Tevez also won an Olympic Gold medal with Argentina in 2004.

Few days after his retirement, he was appointed as manager of Argentine club, Rosario Central.

2. Mark Noble

Mark Noble spent his entire club career with West Ham United (except two very short loan spells).

He represented the Hammers for 18 years (2004-2022) — earning himself the nickname “Mr West Ham”.

Noble (35) retired at the end of the 2021/22 English Premier League season.

3. Jermain Defoe

Jermain Defoe (39) played as a striker for the likes of Tottenham, West Ham, Bournemouth, Portsmouth, Rangers and Sunderland in his 22-year career.

Defoe is the 9th-highest goalscorer in Premier League history as well as the 6th highest goalscorer in Tottenham’s history.

He also holds the Premier League record for the most goals scored as a substitute (24).

4. Laurent Koscielny

Laurent Koscielny was a former Arsenal captain who also played for the likes of Bordeaux, Tours, Lorient and Guingamp.

During his time at Arsenal, he was regarded as one of the best defenders in the Premier League.

On the 26th of March 2022, Koscielny (36) announced his retirement from football.

5. Ryan Shawcross

Ryan Shawcross (34) will forever be remembered for his horrible tackle on Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey in 2010. The tackle was extremely bad to the extent that Shawcross himself started crying when he saw the extent of the injury to Ramsey — who had to be stretchered off and taken to the hospital.

Shawcross began his career at Manchester United but couldn’t establish himself in the first team at Old Trafford.

He later represented Royal Antwerp, Stoke City and Inter Miami.

He retired in 2022 and joined Inter Miami’s affiliate club, Inter Miami II, as an assistant coach.

6. Mousa Dembélé

In his prime, Mousa Dembélé (34) was regarded as one of the best box-to-box midfielders in the world due to his excellent dribbling skills and ability to retain possession under pressure.

The Belgian stated earlier this year that he wanted to spend more time with his family and would not renew his contract at Chinese club, Guangzhou R&F.

7. Davy Propper

Propper was a former Netherlands midfielder who played for the clubs like Vitesse, Brighton & Hove Albion and PSV.

On the 4th of January 2022, Pröpper (30) announced his retirement from professional football, citing a lack of motivation and a discomfort with the current football culture.

8. Martin Hinteregger

Austrian defender Martin Hinteregger shockingly announced his retirement from football this month (June 2022) — aged just 29.

He was recently criticised for his role in a football tournament involving a far-right politician in Austria.

Hinteregger turned out for clubs like RB Salzburg, Borussia Monchengladbach, Augsburg and Eintracht Frankfurt in his career.

He helped Frankfurt win the UEFA Europa League in 2022.

9. Sam McQueen

Southampton defender, Sam McQueen, was forced to retire at the age of 26 earlier this year after failing to recover from a knee injury he suffered while on loan at Middlesbrough. McQueen initially ruptured the ACL in his right knee but experienced a series of setbacks culminating in his forced early retirement.

His recovery was disrupted by recurring infections of his knee construction, which required additional surgeries. In April 2021, Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhüttl said it would be a “miracle” if McQueen played again.

McQueen retired from professional football as a result of his injuries on the 1st of January 2022.

10. Oribe Peralta

Oribe Peralta was a former Mexican forward who won an Olympic Gold medal for his country.

Peralta spent his club career in his native Mexico playing for the likes of Morelia, León, Monterrey, Guadalajara, Santos Laguna, Chiapas and Club America.

On the 12th of January 2022, Oribe Peralta announced his retirement from professional football.

Honourable Mentions:

¶Frank Ribery

¶Gerard Pique

¶Gonzalo Higuain

John Obi Mikel

¶Bruno Alves

¶Aleksander Kolarov

¶Blaise Matuidi.

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