Retirement is very emotional for players,after all it means saying goodbye to the sport they loved.Its never easy for them to decide when to retire,and sometimes they regret after having made the decision to retire which leads them to reverse their decision and make a comeback.Today we will have a look at some of the footballers who came out of retirement.
Here are 10 footballers who came out of retirement
In 1978 Cruyff was 31, and winding up his career at the top level. The Dutchman had just led Barcelona to a Copa del Rey triumph, and having being a crucial fixture in the squad that secured the Catalan club’s first La Liga title in 14 years five years earlier, Cruyff decided it was time to call it a day. But his retirement was rather short-lived. Just a year later, Cruyff discovered he had lost all his money – about $2.4m – to a ruinous pig-breeding venture in Spain.
The doomed investment came through a shady business partner who had convinced Cruyff of the potential returns associated with the venture. Broke and ageing, Cruyff crossed the Atlantic to sign a lucrative deal with the Los Angeles Aztecs, where he played for one season and won the North American Soccer League Player of the Year.
The following season, he moved to play for the Washington Diplomats. He played the whole 1980 campaign for the Diplomats, even as the team was facing dire financial trouble. In May 1981, Cruyff played as a guest player for Milan in a tournament, but was injured. As a result, he missed the beginning of the 1981 NASL soccer season, which ultimately led to Cruyff choosing to leave the team. Cruyff also loathed playing on artificial surfaces, which were common in the NASL at the time.
In January 1981, Leicester City manager Jock Wallace made an attempt to bring Cruyff to England, but despite the Dutchman expressing interest in the move, a deal could not be reached and he signed for Levante instead. Injuries blighted his time with the second division side as he played only ten games, scoring twice.
Aged 34 and still in need of money, he returned to Ajax in the summer of 1981. Cruyff led Ajax to the title, before helping them to a league and cup double the following season. But the Ajax hierarchy were unconvinced of Cruyff’s ability to pull the crowds, they were unhappy with his cut of the gate receipts and believing the magic was gone, they let him leave.
Cruyff felt betrayed, and to show his dissatisfaction he joined Ajax’s archrivals Feyenoord. Cruyff led Feyenoord to the Eredivisie in 1983/84, playing in all but one of 34 league games. He won the Dutch Player of the Year award for the fifth time, and in May 1984, the legend hung up his boots finally.