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11 Footballers Who Retired This Year

With former Bafana Bafana international Reneilwe 'Yeye' Letsholonyane calling time on his career earlier this month, here are 11 more footballers who decided to retire in 2021.

Click through the gallery above to see 11 recognisable names that retired from football in 2021!

Earlier this month, the 39-year-old midfielder, who last played for TS Galaxy, decided to hang up his boots after a stellar career in South Africa's top flight.

Letsholonyane joins quite a long list of recognisable names who decided to call it quits in this calendar year, with Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney doing so in January.

The ex-England striker is currently manager of Derby County in the English Championship, after initially joining the club in 2020 in a player/coach role.

Another former United player, Antonio Valencia, announced his retirement from the beautiful game this year, along with ex-Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira, whose best days were spent in the heart of Los Blancos' midfield.

Khedira became a household name following his exploits for Germany at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, before securing an exciting move to the Spanish capital to join a club many deem the biggest in the world.

After five years in Madrid, the ex-Stuttgart man joined Juventus in Italy, for whom he made 145 appearances in six years. Khedira eventually left the Serie A giants earlier this year to sign for Hertha Berlin, and has since called time on his career.

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The 34-year-old leaves professional football having celebrated an impressive 18 titles, including the UEFA Champions League with Los Blancos in 2014 and the 2014 FIFA World Cup with Die Mannschaft– click through the gallery above to see more footballers who retired this year!

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