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The Best Athletes Who Retired in 2019 

Aaron Hager
Updated January 9, 2020 389 votes 91 voters 2.2k views 20 items

List Rules Vote up the best athletes who announced their retirement in 2019.

UPDATE: Check out the top athletes who retired in 2020!

Which are the best of the athletes who decided to retire in 2019? This list ranks the best athletes who announced their retirement in 2019. Not all athletes plan their retirement. It can be due to factors such as injury or lack of demand from teams within their sport.

In most cases, they are great athletes who have decided to move on and explore other avenues in life. With players like Dwyane Wade and Dirk Nowitzki, their retirements were a long time coming. Other times, recently retired athletes feel that they have made the most out of their careers and want to go out at the top of their game. But players like Andrew Luck shocked the sports world with their sudden exits from the biggest stage.

Check this list throughout the year for recent 2019 athlete retirements. Don't see an athlete on the list who retired this year? Feel free to add the famous retired athletes to the list and vote up the athletes you were most sorry to see call it quits in 2019. Then head over and check out all the NFL players who retired in 2019 and all the NBA players who ended their careers before the 2019-20 season.

Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Athletes Who Retired in 2019
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Dwyane Tyrone Wade Jr. ( dwayn; born January 17, 1982) is an American former professional basketball player. Wade spent the majority of his 16-year career playing for the Miami Heat in the National Basketball Association. After a successful college basketball career with the Marquette Golden Eagles, Wade was drafted fifth overall in the 2003 NBA draft by the Heat. In his third season, Wade led the Heat to their first NBA Championship in franchise history and was named the 2006 NBA Finals MVP. At the 2008 Summer Olympics, Wade led the United States men's basketball team, commonly known as the "Redeem Team", in scoring and helped them capture the gold medal. In the 2008–09 season, Wade led the ...more on Wikipedia

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Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Athletes Who Retired in 2019
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Dirk Werner Nowitzki (German pronunciation: [ˈdɪʁk ˈvɛʁnɐ noˈvɪtski]) (born June 19, 1978) is a German retired professional basketball player. An alumnus of Röntgen Gymnasium and the DJK Würzburg basketball club, Nowitzki was chosen as the ninth pick in the 1998 NBA draft by the Milwaukee Bucks and was immediately traded to the Dallas Mavericks, where he played his entire 21-year National Basketball Association (NBA) career. In the NBA, he won the league Most Valuable Player (MVP) award in 2007, was an NBA champion in 2011, and was a 14-time All-Star. Listed at 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m), Nowitzki is widely regarded as one of the greatest power forwards of all time and he is considered by many to be ...more on Wikipedia

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Rob Gronkowski is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Athletes Who Retired in 2019
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Robert James Gronkowski (born May 14, 1989), nicknamed "Gronk", is a former American football tight end who played his entire professional career for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL) until his retirement in March 2019. He is a three-time Super Bowl champion (XLIX, LI, LIII), a five-time Pro Bowl selection, four-time First Team All-Pro selection, and was the highest ranked tight end in the annual NFL Top 100 Players five times. Gronkowski played college football at the University of Arizona, winning several awards, including being named a Sporting News and Rivals.com Freshman All-American. The Patriots drafted Gronkowski in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft ...more on Wikipedia

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Ichiro Suzuki is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Athletes Who Retired in 2019
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Ichiro Suzuki (鈴木 一朗, Suzuki Ichirō, born October 22, 1973), often referred to mononymously as Ichiro (イチロー, Ichirō), is a Japanese former professional baseball outfielder who played 28 seasons combined in top-level professional leagues. He spent the bulk of his career with two teams: nine seasons with the Orix Blue Wave of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) in Japan, where he began his career, and 14 with the Seattle Mariners of Major League Baseball (MLB) in the United States. After playing the first 12 years of his MLB career for the Mariners, Ichiro played two and a half seasons with the New York Yankees before signing with the Miami Marlins. Ichiro played three seasons with the Marlins ...more on Wikipedia

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