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2022 Review: 10 Footballers Who Retired In 2022

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Just like the Holy Christian Bible rightly put that everything that has a beginning must surely come to an end and this verse in the holy bible is applicable in all human endeavour.

In the world of football, a youngster full of vigor who kicked off his career in the round leather game will have no choice than to bow out when caught up at a certain age.

There has been numerous great football stars whose career came to an end at a certain point in their career and the process will never stop as it’s deemed the certain end of any footballer.

In this piece, we would be taking a look at renowned Footballers who hung their boots and went into retirement in the year (2002) under review.

1. John Mikel Obi
The Nigerian international who is arguably one of the most decorated Nigerian and African player surprisingly announced his retirement from football in 2022.

The midfield maestro who won the prestigious champions league and AFCON cup plied his trade with Lyn, Chelsea, Tianjin TEDA, Middlesbrough, Trabzonspor, Stoke City and Kuwait SC.

2. Jack Wilshere
The highly rated English midfielder dazzled in the colours of Arsenal Footbakl Club.

The petit midfielder was a standout at Arsenal and was a major cause of the club’s success in the Premier League.

3.Jermain Defoe
The Petit striker would be greatly missed in the world of football. Sunderland fans adored him, and his performance fostered a strong bond with the community. Sunderland will remember him for the number of goals he scored in several critical games.

4. Martin Skrtel
The Slovakian International is one defender English Premier League outfit, Liverpool will be eternally grateful to. The aggressive defender held down things at the Anfield winning lots of laurels.

5. Carlos Tevez
Tevez was an absolute beast in his prime time, a deadly striker that every defender loathed. Before joining Juventus, he played for two major Premier League clubs, Manchester United and Manchester City, and won the Premier League title with both. He played for several clubs and participated in 746 games throughout his career.

6. Mark Noble
West Ham icon who joined the club as a teenager in 2004 and helped the club achieve Premier League promotion. During his career, he made 550 appearances for the Hammers.

7 Aleksandar Kolarov
Kolarov and Vincent Kompany were the bedrock of Manchester City‘s defence and worked effectively together.

8.Gonzalo Higuain
Gonzalo Higuain’s talent may have gone unappreciated due to his failures for Argentina, but he remains one of Europe’s most prolific strikers

9. Gerard Pique
Gerrard Pique, Barcelona‘s most outstanding defender, is the most recent player to retire this year. Pique has undoubtedly entrenched himself in Europe, and was one of the best defenders in modern football

10.Fabian Delph
Delph played for a number of Premier League clubs before retiring; he also won two Premier Leagues with Manchester City

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Atuloma Emeka: Nigerian Midfielder Relishes Al Ettihad Experience

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Nigerian international, Emeka Atuloma has relished his experience playing with Bahraini based side, Al Ettihad Bahrain, in the just concluded Bahrain second division 2023/2024 season.

Holidaying in Nigeria, the utility player in a chat with Nigerian journalist, Nwosu ‘Chygoz’ Chigozie, bared his experience in the just concluded season playing for Al Ettihad.

“It was a sweet experience playing for a wonderful club like Al Ittihad, they club has one of the best fan base and they kept lending their support to their darling team althrough the season”

“The league is quiet demanding but never took me long to adopt as I have played in the country in the last two years so am used to the food and their weather”

“It was no doubt a remarkable season for me, had the most number of matches and equally helped the team always anytime defending the badge”

“Am looking forward to the next challenge which will be made public in the coming weeks” cheerful Atuloma concluded.

Known for his bullish nature in the middle of the park and his ability to play in more than one position, Atuloma remained handful and ever present in the stars studded Al Ittihad team.

The Nigerian midfielder has played in numerous leagues as he list Al-Shabab as his former clubside.

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‘You Don’t Buy Trust And Loyalty..’ Ighalo Pours Encomium on Super Agent Atta Aneke

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Nigeria International, Odion Ighalo, has poured Encomium on world acclaimed Nigerian-Norwegian Super Agent, Atta Aneke, following their link-up in Lagos State, Nigeria.

The Super Agent, Atta Aneke, currently in Nigeria for his players management group annual career transforming Scouting tourney alongside top Nigerian Agent, Paul Ojo Omamomo and Attai Udia visited the Al-Wehda talisman in his Multi-Million Mansion.

Paul Ojo Omama x Odion Ighalo x Udia Attai

Acknowledging and celebrating the Super Agent, Atta Aneke, who doubles as his manager, Odion Ighalo eulogized the big football agent for his big role in his illustrious career.

“Been working with my Agent @Playersagentoslo since I started my professional football career till date 2007-2024. You don’t buy trust and loyalty, you earn it. God bless you for everything” Ighalo wrote on his verified Instagram handle.

Just like Odion Ighalo, Super Agent Atta Aneke of Players Management Group has and playing key roles in the career up-shoot of most Nigerian talented footballers plying their trade across top European Leagues.

For Over two decades, top ranking Emefie Aneke Atta has been the face behind the rise and blossom of top Nigerian stars as his agency, Players Management Group, has brought to daylight juicy transfers.

According to trasnfermarket.com the Norwegian born Nigerian Super agent, Emefie Aneke Atta, Player Management Group controls a total of (90) players with (65) players plying their trade in topflight leagues in Europe, Asia and Scandinavia leagues.

Nigerian stars such as Igoh Ogbu,Samuel Adegbenro, Victor Boniface, Odion Ighalo, Chidera Ejuke,Daniel Chima Chukwu, Gift Orban, Fred Friday, Suleiman Abdullahi, Akor Adams, Abel Ogwuche, Peter Godly Michael, Chidera Ejuke, Like James Aaron Olanare, etc ranks amongst notable Nigerian stars under the Prestigious Players Management Group

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Luqman Gilmore Resume Pre-Season With FC Urartu

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Top ranking Nigerian midfielder, Luqman Gilmore, has resumed pre-season preparations with Armenian topflight league side, FC Urartu, after a decent 2023/2024 season.

The highly rated midfielder turned up with the rest of the squad with the rest of the team during the week under-review as the team begins earnest preparations for the upcoming coming 2024/2025 season.

Known for his goal scoring ability and his exceptional brilliance in the middle of the park, Luqman Gilmore who arrived at FC Urartu during the season under review from Latvian side, Liepaja, shone like a million stars in his first year with goals and assist to his name.

In the season in view, the goal scoring sensation has been highly tipped to be an integral squad member of the stars studded FC Urartu team as his goal scoring ability will come in handy for the team.

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