While most people are still getting to grips with the end of the season bonanza that occurred in most of the top leagues around Europe, there’s been something of a sad trend that’s gradually been taken place. Everything has an expiry date in life and no more so than in Football. Players’ careers span for the best part of 15 years and within that time, with a bit of luck and a lot of talent, they leave supporters with some great memories.
As the 2011/2012 season draws to a close, a host of great Footballers have either announced their retirements or are on their way to pastures away from European Football’s floodlights to go into semi-retirement in America or Asia as they begin preparing for life after Football. For some of these players, nothing’s been confirmed as to where they’ll be next season (particularly Seedorf, not sure about his future), but these players are leaving behind their familiar territory and these heroes of the late 90s and 2000s will be sorely missed wherever they end up.
Today, we’re bidding farewell to quite a few Footballing legends and I use the term “legend” in no uncertain manner. That’s exactly what these men are - Legends. To all of them, even though they’ve scored or hurt many teams that many of us love, sometimes we’ve got to acknowledge their talent when we see it and we should thank them for the fantastic memories they’ve provided to the sport as a whole.
A new footballing era has arrived with new players, new faces, new heroes, new places - but being a romantic of the game, I deeply believe that Football will be a poorer place without these men. To all of them, I salute you.
These are their farewells in many sorts. If you have any footage of other farewells of theirs, please feel free to share:
The Milan legends waving Goodbye.
Ruud Van Nistelrooy announces his retirement.
Raul is given a farewell gift by Shalke.
Alessandro Del Piero waves Goodbye to the Juventus faithful.