After former Liverpool striker David N'Gog retired this week at age 31, here are nine other footballers who were forced to retire early, including two former Kaizer Chiefs players and an Orlando Pirates goalkeeper.
Click through the gallery to see 10 players who forced to retire early.
Injuries are part of the game, and while most can recover from horrific injury like Aaron Ramsey did when he suffered a broken leg in 2010, there are footballers who struggle.
Former Chiefs full-back Jimmy Jambo suffered an horrific knee injury during a Telkom Knockout clash against Bidvest in 2012.
The injury would have would have a big effect on the player's career as he eventually retired from professional football at the age of 26.
The youngest player on the list is another former AmaKhosi in Wiseman Meyiwa, who was sadly forced to retire after the injuries he suffered in a car accident in 2018.
Moving abroad, one of the sad football retirement stories was seeing Ronaldo Nazario hang up his boots at the age of 34 after spending most of his career battling knee injuries.
Ronaldo is still widely regarded as one of the greatest strikers of all-time, but injuries certainly did harm is career, especially in the latter stages.
Former Chiefs and Orlando Pirates shot-stopper Brilliant Khuzwayo also makes the list after his career was cut short last year due to a knee injury, but you can click through the gallery to see the full list.
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