Footballers Announcing Retirement in 2023 - Breaking Updates

Ibrahimovic, Gareth Bale, and Mesut Ozil are among some of the high-profile footballers to have announced their retirement this year.

In this thread, let’s share the notable footballers who have decided to hang up their boots in 2023 and record their achievements.


Legendary goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is retiring, per Fabrizio Romano :pleading_face:


:it: Legendary Goalkeeper, Gigi Buffon (45) has retired from football.

:tshirt: 1,151 games
:trophy: 1x World Cup
:trophy: 10 Serie A
:trophy: 1x French cup
:trophy: 1x UEFA Cup
:trophy: 6x Italian Cup
:trophy: 7x Italian super cup
:trophy: 1x Italienischer
:trophy: 1x French Super Cup

:2nd_place_medal: 2006 ballon d’Or runner-up
:star: 13x Serie A Best goalkeeper
:star: 1x UEFA Club goalkeeper of the year
:star: 1x UEFA Club Footballer of the Year
:star: 2x Best European goalkeeper
:star: 5x IFFHS World’s Best Goalkeeper
:star: 1x FIFA World Cup yashin Award
:star: Best Goalkeeper of the decade (2001-2011)
:medal_sports: 1x The Best FIFA goalkeeper
:medal_sports: 1x UCL goalkeeper of the season

:white_check_mark: Most clean sheets in a single Serie A season: (21)
:white_check_mark: Most clean sheets for Italy senior team: (77)
:white_check_mark: Most clean sheets for Italy at the FIFA World Cup: (6)
:white_check_mark: Most clean sheets for Italy at the UEFA European Championship: (8)
:white_check_mark: Joint second-most clean sheets in the UEFA Champions League: (52)

What a Career! :clap:t4::heart:


:rotating_light: Gigi Buffon is set to announce his retirement from football. :broken_heart:

45-years old, 1,151 games for club and country and 29 trophies.

A professional career from 1995 to 2023. :wave::pensive:

(Source: @FabrizioRomano)


Kevin Prince Boateng retires! :man_dancing:t3::sparkles:

Boateng has announced his retirement from football.

520 pro apps, 76 goals, 56 assists, 5 trophies.

Boateng used to play for 15 clubs during his career, including Barcelona and AC Milan.


:rotating_light: OFFICIAL: Former Arsenal, Everton and Southampton winger Theo Walcott has announced his retirement aged 34.


:rotating_light: OFFICIAL: Eden Hazard has announced his retirement from professional football.

:studio_microphone: “You must listen to yourself and say stop at the right time.”

“After 16 years and more than 700 matches played, I have decided to end my career as a professional footballer.”

“I was able to realise my dream, I have played and had fun on many pitches around the world.”

“During my career I was lucky to meet great managers, coaches and teammates — thank you to everyone for these great times, I will miss you all.”

“I also want to thank the clubs I have played for: LOSC, Chelsea and Real Madrid; and thanks to the RBFA for my Belgian Selection.”

“A special thank you to my family, my friends, my advisors and the people who have been close to me in good times and bad.”

Finally, a huge thank you to you, my fans, who have followed me for all these years and for your encouragement everywhere I have played."

“Now is the time to enjoy my loved ones and have new experiences.”

“See you off the field soon my friends.” :heart:


Eden Hazard was the last player to score over 20 goals for Chelsea in a single season :eyes:


Two of the greatest Premier League wingers this generation has ever seen have both retired from professional football in the same year :cry::heart: