With Argentina legend Carlos Tevez having recently landed a coaching job just weeks after hanging up his boots, here are seven big stars who retired from football this year!
Earlier this month, Tevez announced that he had decided to bring the curtain down on his decorated career as a footballer at the age of 38.
Scroll through the gallery above to see seven stars who retired from football in 2022!
This week, the former attacking midfielder was appointed as Argentine Primera Division side Rosario Central's new head coach on a one-year contract, with his first game in charge set to kick off on 24 July, little more than a month after announcing his decision to stop playing.
"I stopped playing because I lost my number one fan: my father. I woke up one day and said 'I'm not playing anymore', I called my agent and told him," the ex-Manchester United star said upon announcing his retirement, according to Marca.
He is not the only high-profile footballer to call time on his playing career this year, though.
Mark Noble, Tevez's former teammate at West Ham United, also hung up his boots in 2022, after 548 appearances for the London club.
The 35-year-old is a Hammers academy graduate, and the team's last game of the 2021/22 Premier League season, against Brighton & Hove Albion, marked his farewell after 17 years on the club's books.
Two former Tottenham Hotspur stars, Mousa Dembele and Jermaine Defoe, also retired earlier this year. The Belgian had spent the past three years in China playing for Guangzhou City after his January 2019 exit from Spurs.
Defoe, on other the hand, had spent the last few months of his career back at one of his former clubs Sunderland after leaving Scottish giants Rangers on transfer deadline day in January.
A Red Devils academy graduate and an ex-Arsenal captain also hung up their boots in 2022 – you can see them and more in the gallery above!
Here are 11 top stars who retired from football in 2021!