Soccer Players Who Retired In 2023



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The game of soccer, or football for our European friends, is one of the biggest and most adored sports in the entire world, and as much as every professional player would love to play the game for the rest of their lives, there comes a time all of these legends must close the book and begin a new journey away from the pitch. With the World Cup coming to an end in 2022, many veteran players are set to call it a career, as another four-year wait for the biggest games in the world is just too much for some. Many players from leagues across the world are taking their final bow, and while it may leave a massive hole in the hearts of fans, there is undoubtedly a buzz of excitement in seeing what all of these incredibly talented individuals will do next.

Many players on this list have had an astronomical impact on the game of soccer and how we know the game today like Gareth Bale, while some had the primes of their careers cut short due to injury. Some simply decided it was time to walk away from the game like Hugo Lloris, while others decided to seek different opportunities in the sports world. No matter how long or short their career was, the best soccer players who retired in 2023 left a resounding impact on the game of football and provided fans with memories that will last them a lifetime.

Celebrate the careers of the football soccer players retiring this year, and be sure to vote up the best retired players who had the greatest impact on the game throughout their careers. Check back throughout the year to see the list of greats who retire throughout 2023, and check out The Best Soccer Players of All Time to see where these legends stack up against the all-time greats.


  • Gareth Bale
    Photo: realmadrid / instagram
    26 votes

    Announced retirement on January 9, 2023

    Career Achievements
    5x Champions League Winner (2014, 2016-2018, 2022)
    4x FIFA Club World Cup Winner (2014, 2016-2018)
    3x Spanish Champion (2017, 2020, 2022)
    English League Cup Winner (2008)
    6x Footballer of the Year (2010, 2011, 2013-2016)
    3x Uefa Supercup Winner (2015, 2017, 2018)
    Supporters' Shield Winner (2022)
    Spanish Cup Winner (2014)
    Spanish Super Cup Winner (2018, 2020, 2022)
    MLS Cup Champion (2022)
    Player of the Year (2013)

    • Birthplace: Cardiff, Wales
    • Team: Real Madrid
    • Position: Winger
  • Hugo Lloris
    Photo: Tottenham Hotspur
    26 votes

    Announced retirement on January 9, 2023

    Career Achievements
    World Cup Winner (2018)
    French Cup Winner (2012)
    French Super Cup Winner (2013)
    Winner UEFA Nations League (2021)

    • Birthplace: Nice, France
    • Team: Tottenham Hotspur
    • Position: Goalkeeper