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3 great football players that may be retiring in 2020

Got a fantasy card of any of these players? Better make plans now, since age, or poor form or declining lack of interest may force these football players into retirement by the end of 2020.

Wayne Rooney

Jermain Defoe Rooney

Yes, one of England’s greatest strikers is back playing in his home country. Only that now he represents a Championship side, Derby County instead of a UCL favorite. Naturally, promotion and a managerial job could be Rooney’s aim. At 34 years of age, this symbol of Mancunian pride may be ready to call it a day.

Gianluigi Buffon

Gianluigi Buffon - PSG's new trnasfer

There don’t come bigger or more famous than Buffon in the game of football. The World-Cup winner is now 41-years-old and even though he still seems quite capable behind the sticks, his objective for this season may be to simply end on a high note, playing for the club he’s most often associated with, Juventus Turin.

Dani Alves

Dani Alves

While fans are still hoping for a return to Europe of the famous Brazilian right-back, Dani Alves, what is most likely is that he will see through his playing days in his home country of Brazil. We are told that the local championship is still active, in spite of the threat of coronavirus. But, once the current campaign will have ended, Alves may be hanging up his boots for good.

Bonus: Zlatan Ibrahimovic

He is, without a doubt, one of modern football’s most remarkable talents. Recent years have been eventful for Ibrahimovic. Following a successful stint at Manchester United, he suffered a serious injury. He managed to recover, traveled to the MLS and pretty much dominated the competition for the entire period he was there. He is now back in Italy, playing for AC Milan.

No, his form hasn’t really decreased and there’s little reason AC Milan fans wouldn’t want him playing for their side, especially considering recent team records. Still, at 38-years-old we would not be shocked to hear of his retirement.

Eduard Bănulescu

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