Three great players whose careers ended in poor fashion

Being a football player is one of the toughest jobs in the sports industry. Even when you make it big, become successful and win some things, it doesn’t guarantee a good end like these players found out: –

Mesut Ozil

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Ozil is a very well-known player to most people in the world. As an attacking-midfielder, the German has won a World Cup, a Spanish League Title, a Spanish Cup, a Spanish Super Cup, a DFB Pokal Cup and 4 FA Cups. To date, he has 634 appearances, scored 113 goals and assisted his teammates 219 times, playing for Schalke 04, Werder Bremen, Real Madrid and Arsenal. Currently, he is spending the twilight years of his career in his favourite club, Fenerbahçe.

Ozil had a very distinguished career. He started well in Germany and was the main man in Werder Bremen by the 2010 World Cup when he was called up to the German National Team Squad. He played a significant role in Germany winning the World Cup and was then a very sought-after player. He eventually heeded Jose Mourinho’s call and went to Real Madrid in 2010. There he made his mark as a player and won 3 trophies, leading the league charts in assists for 3 seasons in a row. He left Real Madrid to join Arsenal in 2013. He helped end a trophy drought for the club and then went on to win 4 FA Cups for them. He also led the assist charts in the PL in 2015-16.

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But, since his contract extension in 2019, his form dipped, and after Wenger left, his game time was limited due to political issues between the owner and Ozil, and eventually, he was frozen out of the squad. He joined Fenerbahce in January 2020, deciding to spend the last years of his career in his favourite club.

Roy Keane

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The Great Irish Warrior Roy Keane also had a fantastic career. He captained Manchester United in the 1998-99 season when they won the European Treble. He won a total of 7 PL titles, a UCL, 4 FA Cups and various other trophies. He started off playing for Nottingham Forest under the legendary Brian Clough.

He slowly made his name in the league and was a very attractive player to many clubs. He was snatched away from the hands of Blackburn Rovers by Manchester United in 1993. As a young player, he made a name for himself in the team and by the 97-98 season, he became club captain following the abrupt retirement of Eric Cantona. He led the side to many great seasons and has known for his aggression and hard work.

By 2001, Roy Keane’s aggression was well known. However, when he took it up a notch and made a tackle that ended Alfe-Inge Haaland’s career, things changed drastically. Keane started falling out with the players, then the staff of the club. Eventually, Man United pushed him out of the club. He joined Celtic in 2005 and a year later, retired.

Gareth Bale

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Although his career isn’t exactly over, considering his situation and the fact that he has hinted at retiring soon, Bale is another player that has had an illustrious career. He won 4 champions league, 3 of them in a row, 2 La Ligas, and multiple other trophies.

Bale started his career in Southampton in the Premier League as a Full-back. However, he was soon moved up to be a winger and flourished in that position. He moved to Tottenham Hotspurs in 2007. He became a sensation and a world-class talent. He became their main man and started off what eventually led to the Mauricio Pochettino era of Spurs, their most successful period in the PL era in terms of performance. He left Spurs for Real Madrid for a world record fee back then. In Madrid, he became part of the Bale-Benzema-Ronaldo trident, which led the Galacticos to 4 UCLs and 2 League titles. During this time, he also led the Welsh national team to the Semi-Finals of the Euro 2016, where they lost to the eventual winners Portugal. Since 2017, Bale has slowly been phased out of Real Madrid due to poor performances and long-term injuries, though he is still part of the club. He has been suffering injuries every year of his career and it has slowly caught up to him. He played for Spurs on loan for the 2020-2021 season but didn’t do well there either. Currently, he is a bench warmer on the Real Madrid team.   

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