The best soccer players to retire in 2019 have left a lasting mark on the sport. The average length of a career in professional socce is eight years, and many of these stars had careers that lasted longer than that, playing for both their club teams and national teams over the past two decades.
They range from Dutchman Robin van Persie, who began his career as a star for Arsenal, to Xavi, one of the most accomplished players in Spanish soccer history. Keeper Petr Cech, who was the second-most capped player in the history of the Czech national team, also hung up his cleats during 2019.
So vote up the soccer players who retired in 2019 who made the greatest impact on the league, and check back throughout the year to see what new names get added to the list.
World Soccer Player of the Year (2010)
Ballon d'Or - third place (2009, 2010, 2011)
Spanish Sportsman of the Year (2009
World Cup champion (2010)
Olympic silver medal (2000)
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- Position: Midfielder
- Birthplace: Terrassa, Spain
Premier League Golden Glove (2004-05, 2009-10, 2013-14, 2015-16)
Best European Goalkeeper (2005, 2007, 2008)
Golden Ball - Czech Republic (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017)
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- Position: Forward, Goalkeeper
- Birthplace: Pilsen, Czech Republic
World Cup runner-up (2010)
World Cup third place (2014)
Premier League Golden Boot (2011-12, 2012-13)
Netherlands all-time leading World Cup scorer
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- Position: Forward
- Birthplace: Rotterdam, Netherlands
2014 World Cup champion
2013 Footballer of the Year in Germany
2010 Germany national team Player of the Year
2010 FIFA World Cup Dream Team
FC Bayern Munich Hall of Fame (Inducted in 2018)
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- Position: Playmaker, Midfielder
- Birthplace: Kolbermoor, Germany