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Top 5 footballers to come out of retirement

Top 5 footballers to come out of retirement
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After Arjen Robben’s shock comeback to Groningen, it’s time to check out the top 5 footballers to come out of retirement.

Despite going out in style at Bayern Munich in 2019, Arjen Robben announced a shock u-turn by coming out of retirement to play for boyhood club FC Groningen for next season.

The winger, who cited regular injuries as the cause behind his first retirement, decided to put his boots back on to help Groningen recover from the setbacks caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Although the Dutchman has warned that there is a long road ahead before he can start thinking of playing again. Aside from getting back to match fitness, he’ll likely keep a wary eye on his physical state. So fingers crossed on this one!

And now on Ronaldo.com, we present the top 5 footballers to come out of retirement.

Rivaldo

Rivaldo
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Rivaldo officially ended his 22-year career in 2014 following a spell at Mogi Mirim. He then became the Brazilian club’s president, only to return to the pitch a year later alongside his son, Rivaldinho.

The World Cup winner spent a further two months playing for Mogi Mirim before retiring a second time, aged 43.

Rivaldo also had spells with Corinthians, Palmeiras, Deportivo de La Coruna, Barcelona, AC Milan, Cruzeiro, Olympiacos, AEK Atenas, Bunyodkor, Sao Paulo, Kabuscorp and Sao Caetano during his career.

Jurgen Klinsmann

Jurgen Kilnsmann, Hertha Berlin
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Another World Cup winner to come out of retirement was Jurgen Klinsmann.

The striker enjoyed a prestigious career starring for clubs such as VfB Stuttgart, Inter Milan, AS Monaco, Tottenham and Bayern Munich. He even finished runner-up to George Weah in the 1995 Ballon d’Or poll.

Klinsmann finally retired in 1998 following a heroic second spell at Tottenham. However, he made a comeback five years later in 2003 to play for an amateur American club called Orange County Blue Star.

Juan Sebastian Veron

Juan Sebastian Veron
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‘The Little Witch’ started out in his native Argentina before heading to Italy in 1996. He spent the following five years starring for Sampdoria, Parma and Lazio on route to six trophies.

Veron later completed a €42.6m transfer to Manchester United in 2001 before going to play for Chelsea, Inter Milan, Brandsen and boyhood club Estudiantes. He retired in 2012, only to return a year later.

And upon retiring for a second time in 2014, Veron made another comeback with Estudiantes in January 2017 at the age of 42. Although it only lasted five months before the midfielder retired again, with just five appearances.

Johan Cruyff

Johan Cruyff
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The man who changed football both on and off the pitch was Johan Cruyff, a one of a kind genius. Chances of us seeing footballer like him again are practically nil. He really was something else.

The three-time Ballon d’Or winner first retired from the game in 1978, only to make a quick return with Los Angeles Aztecs. As per reports, he was scammed in Spain with false investments.

“I had lost millions in pig-farming and that was the reason I decided to become a footballer again,” explained Cruyff.

The Dutch legend played football for another six years from that point onwards. He finished his career with boyhood club Ajax and Feyenoord in his homeland.

Paul Scholes

Paul Scholes
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‘Scholesy’ was practically a wizard on the ball, passing at ease and shining consistently through the years. He was a critical part of Alex Ferguson’s success. So much that the Scot took him out of retirement in 2012.

The midfielder had only been out of the game for six months before making the bench for a Manchester derby in January that year.

Scholes capped off his shock return by making a further 42 appearances for Manchester United, winning an 11th Premier League title before calling it a day one last time in July 2013.