From MS Dhoni To Shane Watson, Major Sports Personalities Who Announced Retirement in 2020

Several inspiring icons from the world of sports chose to retire in 2020. Here’s taking a look at them.

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December 30, 2020

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2020 has been an unusual year in many ways. Along with the changes forced upon the world by the coronavirus, different fields saw many unprecedented changes. The world of sports too faced many such instances. With several inspiring icons choosing to retire this year, 2020 was nothing less than saddening for all sports fanatics. Here are some of the global sports legends who retired in 2020.

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Lin Dan

Arguably one of the greatest badminton players of all-time, Lin Dan decided to take leave from the world of sports in July 2020. He had won gold medals at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics among several other podium wins in multiple competitions across the globe.

Caroline Wozniacki

The tennis star from Denmark called it quits in early January 2020 following her defeat in the Australian Open competition. The player had earlier won the Australian Open in 2018.

Shane Watson

The world of cricket lost one of the greatest all-rounders of all-time when Australian cricketer Shane Watson announced his retirement in November. Watson was a key player in Australia’s World Cup win in 2015.

Eli Manning

One of the most accomplished quarterbacks of all-time, Eli Manning shattered many hearts with his retirement in January. Manning spent 16 years playing for New York Giants in the NFL, winning two Super Bowls as the MVP in the finals.

Maria Sharapova

The Russian international tennis star announced her retirement from the sport in February 2020. The Grand Slam winner is considered to be one of the greatest tennis stars of her generation.

Suresh Raina

It was a loss to Indian cricket as Suresh Raina called it quits in August. One of the key players in India’s 2011 World Cup-winning team, Raina has a huge fan following for his fiery knocks for Chennai Super Kings in the IPL.

Khabib Nurmagomedov

Russian mixed-martial artist Khabib announced his retirement after defending his title against Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 event in October. The 32-year-old hung his gloves with an illustrious undefeated career record of 29-0.

Iker Casillas

Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas announced his retirement in August 2020. Considered to be one of the greatest of all-time, he is the most decorated player in history with 5 La Liga titles, 3 UCLs and a World Cup.

MS Dhoni

India’s most decorated cricket team captain, MS Dhoni announced his retirement on August 15, 2020. Dhoni has led the Indian national team to World Cup wins in 2011 and 2007. The cricketer from Ranchi is the only captain to win all three major ICC trophies.

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