2022 is not yet rich in the departure of players from professional football. But some people this summer still had to say “stop” to themselves. Some were prevented from continuing their careers by injuries and health conditions, while others were prevented by age. But each of them left a noticeable mark in football.

Arda Turan, Galatasaray – 35 years old

The career of the Turkish midfielder came out controversial. He started his journey at home, was a key player in Galatasaray. In the summer of 2011, Turan bought out Atletico Madrid for € 13 million. In Spain, the football player finally revealed himself, became one of the stars of La Liga and the Turkish national team. For four years, the midfielder won the national championship, the Cup and the Super Cup, as well as the Europa League and the UEFA Super Cup.

Arda Turan

Arda Turan

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In 2015, Turan moved to Barcelona for € 34 million. It seemed that in the Catalan club the footballer would reach the peak of his career. But he was literally covered by a series of scandals. Bend fingers:

  • in 2017, the player almost got into a fight with a journalist on an airplane. The Turkish national team was returning home from the match with Macedonia (0:0), and Turan presented the reporter Bilal Meshe for one of the texts. The men grappled on board. The incident cost the footballer the end of his international career;
  • in 2018, Turan broke loose and pushed the linesman. Punishment – a record for the Turkish championship suspension for 16 matches. A little later, the punishment was reduced to 10 meetings, but the scandal was still loud;
  • in the fall of 2018, a new high-profile case. Turan provoked a conflict in a nightclub in Istanbul. He molested the girlfriend of the famous Turkish singer Berkay Shahin. It ended in a brawl in which the footballer broke the artist’s nose. After that, he came to the hospital with a gun and asked Shaheen to shoot, but the singer refused to point the weapon at the player. Turan was sentenced to two years and eight months of probation. The probationary period of the sentence is five years and has not yet expired.

Turan spent the last years of his career at Galatasaray. During the season, he played only 297 minutes, and the rest of the time he suffered due to injuries.

Jack Wilshere, Aarhus – 30 years

Jack Wilshere began his professional career at Arsenal, made his debut in the first team at a very young age (at 16 years and 256 days) and spent eight whole years at the Emirates. In the early 2010s, the midfielder was considered one of the most talented footballers in England, coming in second in voting for the Golden Boy award for the best young player in Europe. A promising career was cut short by injuries. Statisticians calculated that Jack missed 214 (!) matches of his clubs for health reasons.

Jack Wilshere

Jack Wilshere

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The midfielder spent the last season in the Danish Aarhus, for which he played 15 matches and gave three assists. At the end of the championship, Wilshere announced that he was ending his professional career at the age of 30. Jack did not remain without football for a long time. Now he leads the Arsenal U18 youth team.

Fred, Fluminense – 38 years old

The experienced striker was consistently called up to the Brazilian national team, for which he played 38 matches, scored 17 goals and gave six assists. At the club level, Fred played most of his career at home, defending the colors of America, Cruzeiro, Fluminense and Atlético Mineiro.

Fred

Fred

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There was also a European page in Fred’s biography. In 2005, the striker moved to the French Lyon for € 15.6 million. The forward played 124 matches for the club, scored 42 goals and gave nine assists. But in four seasons, the football player missed his homeland so much that immediately after the completion of the contract he returned to Brazil and continued his career at Fluminense. There the player also finished. In the last season, the veteran increasingly remained on the bench, sometimes he did not get into the application at all and played only 622 minutes.

Martin Hinteregger, Eintracht Frankfurt – 29 years old

Defender Martin Hinteregger had one of the best seasons of his career. He played for many strong German teams – Borussia M, Augsburg. But only the transfer to Eintracht Frankfurt allowed him to reach a new level – to win the European Cup, namely the Europa League. The subsequent decision to end his career at 29 looked as strange as possible.

Martin Hinteregger

Martin Hinteregger

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The Austrian pointedly refused to pay for the remaining term, as he terminated the contract ahead of schedule. The reasons for the unexpected decision were revealed by the German edition of the Suddeutsche Zeitung. Journalists reported that Hinteregger was heavily criticized for doing business with a politician from the far-right Austrian Freedom Party and was forced to end his professional career. The defender himself denied these speculations, but he did not give a clear explanation for his own departure.

Martin Skrtel, Spartak Trnava – 37 years old

Martin Skrtel can be happy with his career. He started his journey at the Slovak Trencin, from where he moved to Zenit in January 2004. Centerback quickly got used to the club from St. Petersburg and spent four seasons in Russia. 113 matches, five goals and one assist – with such statistics, Skrtel moved to Liverpool for € 10 million. Zenit won the UEFA Cup without a Slovak, but the medal for the victory “caught up” with Martin at home.

Martin Skrtel

Martin Skrtel

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Skrtel spent eight seasons at Liverpool, playing for Atalanta and Basaksehir. And the defender spent the last season in Spartak. True, Slovak, from Trnava. The football player said that he was finishing due to health problems, but did not specify which ones.

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