6 winners of the Champions League and 3 world Champions – the symbolic team of the players who retired in 2018

“Football 24” is the saddest 2018 – team players, who last year became the last in career.

As in previous years, 2018 has brought significant losses of the football world – a lot of players announced his retirement. The reasons are different: someone had to make due to injuries, others actually finished even earlier, but officially announced only last year, and someone could continue actively playing.

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We present you the symbolic team of the players who never will play in an official match. We have a chance to see them in action exclusively in charity and exhibition matches.


Roman Weidenfeller

The goalkeeper of Borussia D gave the team 16 years and played over 400 matches. In the composition of the team twice became the champion of Germany, has won the national Cup and was finalist of the Champions League. In 2014 the German national team received a medal of the champion of the world, although not played a single minute.

In September 2018, Weidenfeller held a farewell match, which was attended by Jurgen Klopp and other former stars of Borussia.


Rafael Marquez

The first player in history to play in 5 world Championships in 39 years decided to hang up his boots. During his career, the Mexican team has won 18 trophies, including 6 League titles in different countries and 2 Champions League trophy.

John Terry

The legendary captain of Chelsea after Frank Lampard also decided to finish active performances. Aston Villa became the last club in career of Terry. English defender 5 times won the championship of England, and also became the winner of the Champions League and Europa League. All in all, the asset Terry 17 trophies.

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After retirement John joined the coaching staff at Aston Villa.

Per Mertezaker

World champion in 2014 spent more than 500 games in club career and 104 match for the German national team. Ex-player of Arsenal, Bremen and Hanover spent an incredible farewell match in October 2018. The game was attended by over 40 thousand fans – and now remember the number of spectators at matches of the championship of Ukraine…

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Michael Carrick

The ex-midfielder, West ham and Tottenham for Manchester United, who gave 12 years, has won 17 trophies. Among them 5 wins in the Premier League and one triumph in the Champions League and the Europa League. Was part of the coaching staff josé Mourinho, after the dismissal of Portuguese, working as an assistant to OLE Gunnar sulsher.

Tiago Motta

One of the most renowned players in the world. 5 trophies with Barcelona, inter 6 and 19 with PSG. Two-time Champions League winner, finalist of Euro 2012. After a career of Motta headed the youth team of PSG.

Joe Cole

The former midfielder, West ham United, Chelsea, Liverpool and England recently announced his retirement. The last club to 38-year-old Cole was an American Tampa Bay Rowdys, which is the second division of the championship of the United States. Cole recently became coach of Chelsea Academy. In the “aristocrats” became the champion of England.


De facto, the Brazilian ended his career a few years ago, but officially announced it in early 2018. World champion, Spain champion, Champions League winner, winner of the Golden ball, an incredible dribbler with a wide and sincere smile will stay in our memories Ronaldinho-football player. He applauded the podium Santiago Bernabeu, which was not awarded to not all players.

Rafael van der Vaart

Ex-player of Ajax, Hamburg, real Madrid and the national team of the Netherlands was considered a very gifted footballer, but was never able to reach their potential. Won the championship of the Netherlands in the Ajax and the Danish League with FC Midtjylland. Became the bronze medalist of the European championship and silver medalist of the championship of the world.


Didier Drogba

Another legend Chelsea have completed the active intervention. The last club 40-year-old Ivorian was the Phoenix rising. In 2012 it accurate kick Drogba in the Champions League final sent the game into overtime and penalty shoot-out striker played a decisive blow. Ironically, just a few weeks Drogba left the club, having moved to China.

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Also, the forward played for Guingamp, Marseille, Le Mans, Shanghai Shenhua, Galatasaray and Montreal.

Robbie Keane

Ex-Ireland striker played for a number of clubs: inter, Tottenham, Liverpool, Los Angeles galaxy and others. It is the period in the MLS was the most productive forward from the point of view of trophies.

After his retirement joined the coaching staff of the national team of Ireland.

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