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The Best Athletes Who Retired in 2019

List RulesVote 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.

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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  ...more
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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  ...more
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    Robert James Gronkowski (born May 14, 1989), nicknamed "Gronk" is an American football tight end for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He played most of his professional career for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL) before his initial retirement in March 2019. In 2021, he un-retired and joined the Bucs to play with his longtime teammate Tom Brady. He is a four-time Super Bowl champion (XLIX, LI, LIII, LV), 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.  ...more
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  • Sir Andrew Barron Murray (born 15 May 1987) is a British professional tennis player from Scotland, ranked No. 329 in men's singles and 89 in men's doubles as of 19 August 2019. Murray represents Great Britain in his sporting activities and is a three-time Grand Slam tournament winner, two-time Olympic champion, Davis Cup champion, winner of the 2016 ATP World Tour Finals, and former world No. 1. Murray defeated Novak Djokovic in the 2012 US Open final, becoming the first British player since 1977, and the first British man since 1936, to win a Grand Slam singles tournament. Murray is also the first British man to win multiple Wimbledon singles titles since Fred Perry in 1936, winning the  ...more
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