Soccer Players Who Retired In 2022

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Vote up the retired soccer players based on their overall careers.

All the soccer players who retire in 2022 will leave a lasting legacy that lives on. Whether they're finishing their careers as top footballing stars or calling it quits after a few up-and-down seasons, all these great footballers retiring in 2022 have given the game their all. Look to this list regularly to see the best soccer players who retired in 2022, either because it was their time or because injuries cut a promising career short.

The first big name soccer star to choose retirement in 2022 was former Dutch international Davy Pröpper, who played with three different clubs over the course of his fourteen-year career but made his biggest impact at PSV Eindhoven. Former Mexico international forward Oribe Peralta also stepped away from the game after a storied career in Liga MX. Then longtime Tottenham Hotspur and Belgium midfielder Mousa Dembélé additionally called it a career.

Take a look at the recently retired soccer players list below and vote up the soccer stars you'll miss most, or those you think contributed the most to the game. 

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  • Gerard Piqué
    Photo: fcbarcelona / instagram
    1
    123 votes

    Announced retirement on November 4, 2022

    Career Achievements:
    World Cup: 2010
    FIFA Club World Cup: 2009, 2011, 2015
    European Champion: 2012
    Champions League Winner: 2007-08, 2008-09, 2010-11, 2014-15
    English Champion: 2008
    Spanish Champion: 2008-09, 2011-12, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18, 202-21
    UEFA Supercup Winner: 2009-10, 201-12, 2015-16
    Spanish Super Cup Winner: 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2013-14, 2016-17, 2018-19
    English League Cup Winner: 2006
    European Under-19 Champion: 2006
    English Super Cup Winner: 2007

    Career Awards
    La Liga Breakthrough Player of the Year: 2009
    La Liga Best Defender: 2010
    La Liga Team of the Season: 2015, 2016
    UEFA Champions League Team of the Season: 2015
    UEFA La Liga Team of the Season: 2017
    UEFA European Championship Team of the Tournament: 2012
    UEFA Team of the Year: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016
    FIFA FIFPro World11: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2016
    FIFA FIFPro World11 2nd team: 2013, 2015, 2017
    FIFA FIFPro World11 3rd team: 2014, 2018
    ESM Team of the Year: 2010–11, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16[
    Footballer of the Year in Catalonia: 2019
    Globe Soccer Awards – Player Career Award: 2020

  • Carlos Tevez
    Photo: Egghead06 / CC-BY-SA 4.0
    2
    364 votes

    Announced retirement on June 4, 2022

    Career Achievements:
    Premier League titles: 2008, 2009, 2012
    Football League Cup: 2009
    FA Community Shield: 2008, 2012
    FA Cup: 2011
    UEFA Champions League title: 2008
    FIFA Club World Cup: 2008
    Serie A titles: 2014, 2015
    Coppa Italia: 2015
    Supercoppa Italiana: 2013
    Chinese FA Cup: 2017
    Campeonato Brasileiro Série A title: 2005
    Primera División: 2003 Apertura, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2020
    Copa Argentina: 2015
    Copa de la Liga Profesional: 2020
    Supercopa Argentina: 2018
    Copa Libertadores: 2003
    Copa Sudamericana: 2004
    Intercontinental Cup: 2003

     Career Awards:
    South American Footballer of the Year: 2003, 2004, 2005
    South American Team of the Year: 2003, 2004, 2005
    Copa Libertadores MVP Award: 2003
    Player of the Year of Argentina: 2003, 2004
    Argentine Sportsperson of the Year: 2004
    Summer Olympics Golden Boot: 2004
    Campeonato Brasileiro Série A Best Player: 2005
    Campeonato Brasileiro Série A Team of the Year: 2005
    Bola de Ouro: 2005
    Bola de Prata: 2005
    West Ham United Hammer of the Year: 2007
    Manchester City Official Supporter's Player of the Year: 2010
    Manchester City Player's Player of the Year: 2010
    Premier League Golden Boot: 2011
    PFA Team of the Year: 2011
    Premier League Player of the Month: December 2009
    PFA Fans' Premier League Player of the Month: March 2010
    Guerin d'Oro: 2014, 2015
    Juventus Player of the Season: 2014 2015
    Serie A Team of the Year: 2014, 2015
    UEFA Europa League Team of the Season: 2014
    Serie A Footballer of the Year: 2015

  • Mark Noble
    Photo: West Ham United / Instagram
    3
    167 votes

    Announced retirement on May 22, 2022

    Career Achievements:
    PFA Team of the Year: 2012 Championship
    West Ham United Hammer of the Year: 2012, 2014
    West Ham United Young Hammer of the Year: 2005
    West Ham United Hammer of the Decade (2010s): 2010–19

  • 4
    120 votes

    Jermain Defoe

    Announced retirement on March 24, 2022

    Career Achievements:
    Tottenham Hotspur Player of the Year: 2004
    Premier League Player of the Month: August 2009
    Sunderland Supporters' Player of the Year: 2016
    Sunderland Player of the Year: 2016
    Football League Cup: 2008
    Scottish Premiership: 2021
    Scottish League Cup runner-up: 2020
    20 Goals For England in 57 Caps

    Career Records:
    Most Career Premier League Goals Scored As A Substitute (22)
    9th All Time In Premier League Goals Scored
    20th Premier League Player All Time To Score 100 League Goals
    8th Premier League Player All Time To Score 150 League Goals
     

  • Gonzalo Higuaín
    Photo: user uploaded image

    Announced retirement on October 3, 2022

    Career Achievements:
    Serie A top scorer: 2016
    Serie A Team of the Year: 2014, 2016, 2017
    UEFA Europa League Squad of the season: 2014, 2015
    ESM Team of the Year: 2016
    Forward of the "Ideal Team of America": 2006
    FIFA FIFPro World XI 4th team: 2016
    Juventus MVP of the Year: 2017, 2018
    FIFA World Cup runner-up: 2014
    Copa América runner-up: 2015, 2016
    UEFA Europa League champion: 2019
    Serie A champion: 2017, 2018, 2020
    Coppa Italia champion: 2014, 2017, 2018
    Supercoppa Italiana: 2014
    La Liga champion: 2007, 2008, 2012
    Copa del Rey champion: 2011
    Supercopa de España champion: 2008, 2012

  • Mousa Dembélé
    Photo: Tottenham Hotspur
    6
    293 votes

    Mousa Dembélé

    Announced retirement on February 8, 2022

    Career Achievements:
    Eredivisie champion (2009)
    Johan Cruyff Shield (2009)
    FIFA World Cup third place (2018)
    Football League Cup runner-up (2015)