They were once revered, worshipped and adored by the fans for the great moments they had given to the cheering masses, and have brought a smile on the face of many a neutral. Yet, with the winds of change blowing at these footballing institutions, these legends have moved on, spending the twilight of their glittering careers in obscurity. Here’s a look at three of best who are yet to hang up their boots, fighting it out in the far reaches of the world.
The Frenchman started his career at Monaco before moving to Juventus, but it was at Arsenal that he made his name as one of the world’s best strikers. Despite initially struggling to adjust to the Premier League, he went on to become of the most prolific strikers in the Premier League era and Arsenal’s all-time leading scorer with 228 goals.
After 8 seasons in north London which earned him legendary status at the club, Henry moved to Barcelona and spent 3 seasons in Spain. During a glittering career, he has won numerous trophies including a World Cup title, a European Championships title, a Champions League title, two Premier League titles, two La Ligas and a Club World Cup to go with many individual awards.
Despite winning so many awards and accolades, the 36-year old has spent the last four seasons in the relative obscurity of Major League Soccer (MLS) in the USA. He is one of the highest paid players in the MLS, and led the New York Red Bulls to their first major trophy in their 17-year history in 2013 when they became champions of the regular season.