Five Great Players Who Retired In August 2014

by Sameer Arshad | Posted on Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 | 0

Five great players belonging to different sports retired this month. Let’s have a look at their careers and achievements.

 Miroslav Klose (International Football)

Born in Poland in 1978, Miroslav Klose announced his retirement from international football this August. One of the most prolific strikers to have played the beautiful game, Klose, ended his career at a high note. He started his career with Kaiserslautern and one year later got the cap for international German team and since that day he never looked back.

 Five Great Players Who Retired In August 2014

Miro announced himself to the world by scoring a hat-trick against Saudi Arabia in his teams opening match in 2002 World Cup against Saudi Arabia. Klose won the Silver Boot for scoring five goals at 2002 World Cup and interestingly all of these goals were scored by headers.  Klose ventured in four world cups and qualified for at least Semi Finals of all these world cups, the only player to do so. During his career, laden with glorious achievements, Klose scored 4 international hat-tricks.

Klose appeared to be at his best when playing in World Cups. During the 2006 World Cup held at Germany, Klose gave his fans all the more reasons to be ecstatic as he scored five more world Cup goals and went one step ahead to bag the Adidas Golden Boot.

This year Klose went on to score his 15th and 16th World Cup goal at Brazil and became the all time highest goal scorer at World Cups by breaking Brazilian Ronaldos record of 15 World Cup goals.

One feather which was missing in his cap till the start of this year was the World Cup trophy. He fell one step short of getting his hands on the World Cup in his debut World Cup and even in 2006 and 2010 his team was very close of winning the World Cup but in 2014,Klose and Germany made sure that Klose does not leave the pitch without having the honor of winning the biggest  tournament of football.

Kloses class is reflected by the number of goals he managed to score for Germany.  His creative and jubilant ways of celebrating his goals were always a sight worth watching especially his somersaulting goal celebrations were great spectacle to watch.

 Didier Drogba (International Football)

The 36 year old Ivorian said a good bye to international football this month. Didier Drogba was a revelation for Ivory Coast. Before his debut in 2002, Ivory Coast had never qualified for World Cup. But in the presence of Drogba, Ivory Coast went on to qualify in all three World Cups since 2006.

Even at the age of 36 in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Drogba remained an inspiration for his team. In 2014 World Cup, Ivory Coast scored 4 goals in 136 minutes with Drogba on the pitch and failed to score a single goal in 134 minutes without him. Even though his team couldnt make through the pool round but these numbers speak volumes about his abilities.

Drogba was also part of the team which reached the finals of African Cup of Nations twice. Drogba lead his team for almost 8 years. In the recent past his relationship with the former coach Sabri Lamouchi were strained. Drogba scored 65 goals in 104 matches.

Per Mertesacker (International Football)

The 29 year old Gunner joined his former German team mates Klose and Philip Lahm in saying a good bye to international football.

The Arsenal vice Captain announced his retirement after playing 104 matches for Germany. He was the wall which braved many brazing attacks from the world’s best strikers during the recently concluded FIFA World Cup. German manager Joachim Loe would have many hopes on Mertesacker for bagging another title at 2016s Euro but Mertesacker considered it an appropriate time to step down and give youngsters an opportunity to build on what he and his team has achieved.

He was among 4 footballers to complete 100 successful passes in a single game at the FIFA World Cup.

 Mahela Jayawardene (Test Cricket)

The veteran Sri Lankan cricketer retired from Test Cricket on 18 August, 2014 at a high note after a comprehensive victory against Pakistan. In a career which stretched over 17 years, there was hardly a moment when Jayawardene seemed out of touch. His glorious cover drives off fast bowlers and late cuts against spinners were always a delightful watch.

He played his debut match against India in 1997 and scored a fifty. It was the same match in which Sri Lanka scored their highest Test match score of 952-6 (declared).Mahela Jayawardene is the only player after Tendulkar to play more than 600 International matches.

In his test career, he played 149 test matches and scored at an average of 49.84.The highlight of his career are 34 test centuries and 50 half centuries. His highest score is 374 which he scored against South Africa in 2006.

Cricket fans would miss seeing the two giants of the game, Sangakara and Jayawardene, together in white kit.

Jens Voigt (Cycling)

The 42 year old German cyclist, one of the most badass athlete to have ever played the sport retired this Sunday


A 17 year long career which was full of dangerous crashes and pain has finally ended. He was famous among the cycling fans for his quote Shut Up Legs. Yes, this is what he used to say to his legs which brimmed with lactic acid as he paddled towards the finish line. His team gave him a customized bicycle along with matching kit as a farewell gift.


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