Federer: The first legend to take the step towards retirement

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sAuger Federer said goodbye to tennis. What fans have long feared is now official at a press conference. While this may sound like a crushing blow to the sport, it’s worth noting that this is just the first of a list of heartbreaking sports retirements you’re set to follow.

The Swiss star is the first golden generation of athletes to take a big step towards retirement.

Besides Federer there Rafael Nadal in tennis LeBron James in basketball Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in football and Lewis Hamilton And the Fernando Alonso in Formula 1.

while Federer He seemed comfortable with his decision to retire, and it seemed that others were not in the mood to follow suit.

Rafael Nadal

The Spaniard never closed the door on retirement, but he doesn’t seem to have opened the door either. At the age of thirty-six, it was almost a remarkable year.

Injuries did not leave him alone, but he learned to live with them. He doesn’t seem to want to follow in Roger’s footsteps. Not at least for now, though, now that he’s resting after a grueling season. In fact, he confirmed it in the past few days: “My career isn’t over, far from it.”

Fernando Alonso

“I will definitely reach 400 races in Formula 1”. Just a few days ago, when he was 41, he made it clear. At Monza, he equaled Kimi Raikkonen’s 349 starts. In Singapore he will complete another one and will already hold the outright record. In addition to the two world championships,

As part of his deal with Aston Martin, Alonso signed for another two years, until he’s 43, after which we’ll see. That’s why Albin left, to make sure he’d have a seat available until he says enough is enough. new project.

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton won it all. He is a seven-time champion, and led an era of dominance for Mercedes.

In 2021, he was on the verge of claiming an eighth title that would have put him ahead of Michael Schumacher, but it wasn’t the case…and rumors spread about his farewell.

Due to the controversy after the Abu Dhabi race resumed, many said Hamilton was too devastated to race again. But he’s back.

Now he doesn’t have the car to win, but he doesn’t want to retire. He had said it many times, as long as he wanted to compete, he would continue to do so.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi

The two soccer stars don’t seem to be looking forward to saying their goodbyes anytime soon either. They are still in great shape, although they are already far from LaLiga Santander.

Cristiano (37) made it clear just a few hours ago. “The goal is the World Cup, but also Euro 2024,” he said in his last speech. It looks like he still has a long way to go, despite not having his best moments at club level.

Messi, 35, is still at PSG. Just this week he scored the goal that put Paris Saint-Germain top of the group in Ligue 1. After all the controversy that the renewal requests with Parra have caused, it seems that elite retirement hasn’t even crossed his mind yet.

LeBron James

He is considered one of the best basketball players in history. He won four episodes and four Player of the Year awards. He also has 18 consecutive All-Star picks. In 2027, LeBron James could join his two sons in the NBA.

He said it, just a few months ago. He wanted it to happen… and he’ll keep it from a possible goodbye until he’s 42.

“I feel like I can play for a long time,” he explained. “It all depends on my body but most importantly, my mind.”

Last year was not good for him. He’s done playing, but it looks like things could change. The Lakers roster is being strengthened so that the same will not happen in 2022, and it seems that it may be a motivation for the player to decide to continue his career without considering his age (37).

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