There are footballers who chase pay cheques until their very last footballing days, while others will never leave their beloved clubs – perhaps out of respect for their fans and the badge. Everyone thought Frank Lampard would die a Chelsea player, but months after his exit, he scored against them!
Today the Fan Park Crew lists a few players who we believe will one day retire at their current clubs.
Sergio Ramos – Real Madrid
Not for one second do I see Ramos ever leaving Real, as he’s been a key figure in their defence for more than nine years. Although at times he can be suspect at the back, there’s no doubting the passion he feels when he represents Los Blancos.
Andres Iniesta – Barcelona
The Spain international has played an important role in the Catalan club’s success over the years, and has even been placed among the best players in the world. Iniesta has always been a quiet guy, and hasn’t said too much in his career, but it would be hard picturing him leaving Barcelona at any stage.
Wayne Rooney – Manchester United
We won’t hide from the fact that Rooney has tried leaving United before, but now that he’s 29-years-old and the captain of his legendary club, we doubt that he’d ever leave the Red Devils. His manager has highlighted his experience and importance to the team, and perhaps Rooney will end his career at the club who nurtured him into becoming a global superstar.
Francesco Totti – Roma
It’s obvious, isn’t it? The Italian has been the face of AS Roma for just under 25 years! The 38-year-old probably still has a few years of football in him, but we know he’d never leave for more first-team football at a smaller team. He is still majorly important for the Italian side, and has been a real role-model for young football fans.
John Terry – Chelsea
At Chelsea, their policy is that players over the age of 30 are only offered one-year extensions at the club – perhaps to give them that extra motivation to stay in the best possible shape to retain their first-team spots. Terry is doing exactly that! He’s started almost every Premier League game at the age of 34, and Jose Mourinho has already said that Terry will be given an extension at the end of the season. We think Terry will remain a Chelsea player until his last professional kick of a football.
Can you name any other players who you believe will retire at their clubs?