ROger Federer said goodbye to tennis. What fans have long feared has now been made official at a press conference. While this may seem like a blow to the sport, it’s worth remembering that this is just the first in a list of heartbreaking sporting retirements that are set to follow.
The Swiss superstar is the first of a golden generation of athletes to take the big step towards retirement.
Alongside Federer, there is Rafa Nadal tennis, james lebron basketball, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in football and Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso in Formula 1.
Whereas Federer was apparently comfortable with his decision to retire, it seems others are not yet in the mood to follow suit.
The Spaniard has never closed the door to retirement, but he doesn’t seem to have opened it either. At 36, he had an almost spectacular year.
The injuries didn’t 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 the moment, even if he is now resting after a season that has been tiring. Indeed, he confirmed it in recent days: “My career is not over, far from it”.
“I will certainly reach 400 races in Formula 1”. Just a few days ago, at 41, he made it known. At Monza, he equaled Kimi Raikkonen’s 349 starts. In Singapore, he will finish one more and he will already hold the absolute record. in addition to his two world championships,
As part of his deal with Aston Martin, Alonso signed for two more years, until he turns 43, and then we’ll see. That’s why he left Alpine, to make sure he would have a place available until he said enough was enough. A new project.
Lewis Hamilton has won it all. He is a seven-time champion and led an era of dominance for Mercedes.
In 2021, he was close to an eighth title that would have put him ahead of Michael Schumacher, but that was not the case … and the rumors of his farewell were unleashed.
Due to the controversy after the Abu Dhabi race resumed, many said Hamilton was too devastated to race again. but he came back.
Now he doesn’t have the car to win, but he doesn’t want to retire. He has said it many times before, as long as he wants to compete, he will continue to do so.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi
The two football stars also don’t seem eager to announce their goodbyes anytime soon. They are still fit, although 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, although he hasn’t had his best moment at club level.
And Messi, at 35, is still at PSG. Just this week, he scored the goal that put PSG top of the Ligue 1 group. the mind.
He is considered one of the best basketball players in history. He won four rings and four MVP awards. He also has 18 consecutive All Star selections. In 2027, LeBron James could join his two sons in the NBA.
He said it just a few months ago. He wanted this to happen…and it would prevent him from having a possible goodbye until he was 42.
“I feel like I could play for quite a while. It’s all about my body but more importantly my mind,” he explained.
Last year was not good for him. He finished out of the Play-Ins, but it looks like things could change. The Lakers roster is getting stronger so the same thing doesn’t happen again in 2022, and it looks like that could be a motivation for the player to decide to pursue his career regardless of his age (37).