It's been a hugely significant year with regards to legendary footballers hanging up their boots. Now, with Didier Drogba announcing an end to his playing days and Gianluigi Buffon retiring from international duty with Italy, it's the perfect time to celebrate some of football's recent retirees.

In the past 12 months, some of the game's finest talents have called time on their career, leaving us with the inescapable feeling that we're entering a new chapter in football history, one which will see the rise of a new generation of stars.

Footballers retire every year, just like in any other job. However, the calibre of the players that have departed in 2017 has been particularly eye-opening, with some of the most influential and revered figures deciding it was time to end their association with the game.

The succession of legendary footballers that have announced their retirement in recent months has prompted misty-eyed tributes to their contributions and we at Football Whispers wanted to acknowledge by putting together a video which lists the players and their accomplishments in the game.

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