Trump is still president – sigh – but we’ve kept our eye on the ball. Literally. And what better way to give you a bit of that Rabona57 swag you have been missing than with a post about retired soccer legends, a sort of “new life who dis” of soccer (in a non-Wayne Rooney kind of way).
7. Edgar Davids
The tough-tackling Dutch midfielder with the iconic goggles. Davids was a player ahead of his time. Successful on and off the field, he played for powerhouses Ajax, Juventus, FC Barcelona and AC Milan. Since officially retiring in 2014 – he first retired in 2012 but came back to be player-manager at north London minnows, Barnet – Davids, has focused on his street soccer fashion label for youngsters, Monta Juniors.
6. Thierry Henry
One of the all time greats, Henry has been keeping busy since calling it quits. The Frenchman worked with Arsenal’s academy and completed his A license coaching qualification, before departing the club after being told by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger that the coaching role in the academy could not be combined with Henry’s television work.
Wenger might have had other reasons, though, as a persistent rumor was that Henry’s departure was linked to Wenger viewing him as a possible threat to his position as Arsenal manager and not wanting him around.
Henry is currently working as a Sky Sports pundit.
5. Luis Figo
From Barcelona idol to pariah following his switch to rivals Real Madrid in the summer of 2000, the Portuguese star has never shied away from the spotlight – even with a pig’s head flying at him.
Figo ran for FIFA president back in 2015 before eventually pulling out of the race, criticizing the process as “anything but an election.” He currently serves as president of India’s Premier Futsal league.
4. Fabio Cannavaro
Italian fans remember the images of Fabio Cannavaro lifting the World Cup for the Azzurri in 2006 like it was yesterday. One of the best defenders of his generation, Cannavaro retired in 2011. Then, he ran into a bit of trouble with the tax man in 2015.
Those, however, should be issues from the past as Cannavaro is currently managing in the ultra rich Chinese league.
3. Francesco Totti
The Eternal Captain spent his career at AS Roma. As part of a rare breed of one-club men, Totti is embedded in Roma’s lore.
Following his retirement, it was only natural that Totti would become club director. So far, he seems to be taking the gig seriously, putting Roma ahead of himself once again.
O Fenômeno. A clinical striker during his playing days, the original Ronaldo is one of the greatest of all time. He hung up his cleats back in 2011 but memories of his electrifying runs, and yes, the haircuts, still linger in the minds of soccer fans across the world.
Nowadays, Ronaldo is trying his hand at team ownership as part owner of the NASL team Fort Lauderdale Strikers. He was also a member of the Local Organizing Committee for the Brazil 2014 World Cup.
1. Rio Ferdinand
Not many athletes are able to switch from one sport to another successfully. Michael Jordan was the king on the basketball court, but much less so on a baseball field. Rio Ferdinand, the former Manchester United star, will be the latest one attempting to crossover from one sport to another. He recently announced he’d be pursuing a career in boxing.
The reactions so far have been mixed, with some worrying that he could get seriously hurt and others stating their support.
It would be interesting to hear what Sir Alex Ferguson thinks of Rio’s boxing ambitions.