Why do footballers have short careers?

My favorite player was Torres, he was a beast at Liverpool, but he lasted only for several years at the club and now he retired, he should have played for more years.

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  • 2 months ago

    Torres biggest asset was pace which declines with age, pace merchants always peak but then decline with their physical abilities. 

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  • 2 months ago

    Ronaldinho and Ronaldo (the Brazilian) because of the injury, I believe they both was having a lot more than that to achieve.

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  • August
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    Kids start playing when they 6 yo and develop slowly into the real world of football at about 16 yo. From that age,they have about 18 years of the high life to earn enough to buy out Liverpool FC 

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  • F
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    Whatever you think about footballers , the intensity of professional football is such that it places extreme pressure on the joints esp knees and ankles and after 15 years or so, you’re just about finished.

    Even if still fit, after about 33 , you naturally slow down and are no longer competitive .

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  • 2 months ago

    The knees give way after 34 ish

    depends on your position.

    If you were a Henry type player then much of your game was about the pace and sharp turns and movements and slick finishing but the pace was your weapon because you were the best at it.  To be able to beat the last man of opponents defence and be through on goal one v one with keeper and still make it look so natural and easy, to score, was Henrys Trademark.

    If you take away pace then its not the same player,  finishing will be there but the entire threat up front will be different now because of your inability to play like you did before in your prime so now the team plays diferently to create and give you chances you can put away and it will be hard for you to score because you wont be able to run use pace, lose your marker, etc like use to before.

    goalkeepers can play longer though.  some center backs in the past could play till 34 and 35 but only in lower leagues because in todays prem average pace for a CB is not good great, top 6 top 8 clubs need CB's who have good pace and excellent stamina.

    game is now very fast paced and demanding more than ever.  technical ability is really important.

    if you have no stamina and pace you're finished you can;t possibly dream of continuging career in prem.  So thats why players careers in the top prem leagues end by the age of 34 to 36 really.

    • August
      Lv 6
      2 months agoReport

      you should try playing rugby !

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  • Cyril
    Lv 4
    2 months ago

    Ronaldinho and Ronaldo (the Brazilian) because of the injury, I believe they both was having a lot more than that to achieve.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Ok but they are riech 

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  • martin
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    The game takes its toll on the knees, back, and mind. As players age, they feel the cold, off-season winters more and more. Also, family will encourage them to retire before they sustain a lasting injury.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Good question, Seeing as football is such a soft, wet and girlie game there is no reason they could not carry on. I suppose the greedy worms just want to take the money and run. 

    • August
      Lv 6
      2 months agoReport

      You should be a guest on Talk Sport 

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    1) Inappropriate lifestyles.

    2) Playing too many games, especially when they aren't fully fit.

    3) Recurring injury that the player suffers from. 

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