Photos: Sports stars who shocked the world with their retirement
Bjorn Borg: He is considered one of the finest players in tennis ever, despite his short career. He has won an impressive 11 Grand Slams including 5 Wimbledon and 6 French Open titles. The Swede announced his retirement in 1982 after the Monte Carlo Masters at the age of only 26. In the 1990s, he made a comeback to the sport but could not create an impact.
Ravi Shastri: At age 17, he was the youngest player to represent Mumbai when he played during the Ranji Trophy season. In his final year of playing, he led Mumbai to the Ranji Trophy title. He began his international career as a spinner who could also bat. Initially starting at no 10 position, Ravi Shastri went on to prove to be a valuable opener and in 1985, became only the second player ever (after Sir Don Bradman) to hit 6 sixes in a single over against Baroda during the Ranji Trophy. At the age of 30, he announced his retirement from cricket in 1992 following a recurring knee injury. In a total of 80 Test matches, Shastri has scored 3,830 runs and scalped 151 wickets. Post-retirement Ravi Shastri began commentary and is one of the most sought after cricket commentators and is known for his witty and funny quotes. Ravi Shatri was the Director of Cricket for the Indian team also.
Nico Rosberg: Just five days after being crowned the world champion, Nico Rosberg quit Formula One on Friday, in a move that left the motor racing world stunned. The 31-year-old German is the first reigning champion to quit since Alain Prost in 1993. (Pic/ AFP)
Andrew Flintoff: The England all-rounder announced his Test retirement in July 2009 at age 32. Soon after a surgery to his knee which left him with deep vein thrombosis, Flintoff forced his retirement from all forms of cricket in 2010. Later in November 2012, Andrew, nicknamed Freddie, took up a professional boxing bout which he won. In May 2014, he made a comeback to cricket to play the Twenty20 format.
Michael Jordan: Undoubtedly the greatest basketball player of all time, Jordan announced his retirement in October 1993 at the age of 30. He then entered minor league baseball in 1994 with Chicago White Sox. The six-time NBA champion eventually made a comeback to basketball in 1995 with Chicago Bulls leading the team to 3 titles. He eventually retired in 2003 when he was with Washington Wizards.
Laxmi Ratan Shukla: The Bengal-born Indian cricketer has not quite seen much of cricket on the international fron playing only 2 ODIs. He scored just 18 runs averaging at 9.00. But his stint with first-calls cricket has been relatively much better. He has represented the Bengal cricket team. He has played 137 first-class matches with 6217 runs at an average of 35.93. He has also scored a double century in first-class cricket. He also represented IPL franchises such as Kolkata Knight Rides, Delhi Daredevils and Sunrisers Hyderabad. He retired at the age of 34 in December 2015.
Eric Cantona: The French footballer shocked his national team as well as club Manchester United fans when he announced his retirement from the game in 1997 at the age of 30. His announcement came a year prior to his contract ending. He quit as he wanted to "do other things in life." Cantona has scored 143 goals in 64 appearances for Man United during his 5 years and 45 goals in 20 appearances for the French national team.
Matt Prior: The English wicket-keeper batsman had to forcefully retire at an early age of 33 due to an injury he suffered. Prior has scored over 4,000 Test runs and claimed 256 dismissals.
Rocky Marciano: Nicknamed as 'The Brockton Blockbuster', Marciano is the only boxing champion to be undefeated and untied. He has an impeccable 49-0 boxing career with 43 knockouts. He has defended the title six times and was champ from September 1952 to April 1956. After his victory over Archie Moore, Rocky Marciano announced his retirement at the age of 32.
Ian Thorpe: The Australian swimmer announced his arrival at the 2000 Sydney Olympics clinching a gold medal at the age of 17. Since then he has won 4 more Olympic gold medals. The 11-time World Championships gold medal winner retired at a young age of 24 after he missed the 2006 CWG due to a grandular fever.
Justine Henin: Seven-time Grand Slam winner Henin was an established women's singles player. She shocked the world when she announced her retirement at the age of 25 in May 2008; she was world no. 1 in the rankings at the time. She returned shortly in 2010 and reached the finals of the Australian Open. In January 2011 aged 28, she retired again following an elbow injury.
Fabrice Muamba: The football star had to forcefully retire after he suffered a cardiac arrest at the age of 24 during a match between Bolton and Tottenham. He was declared 'dead' for 78 minutes before he recovered miraculously and was shifted to intensive care.
Elena Dementieva: The 2008 Beijing Olympics gold medal winning tennis player also has 2 Grand Slam final appearances and 16 WTA singles titles to her name. At the age of 29, after her loss to Francesca Schiavone in 2010, she announced her retirement right on the court. She finished with a world no. 9 ranking.