Paul McGrath resigned from football in 1998, at the age of 39, after a long and accomplished career, principally with Manchester United and Aston Villa. During that time he won two English championships, one European Cup and one FA Cup.
He began his career with hometown club Dundee before moving to England to join Manchester United as a teenager. He went on to win several trophies with the Red Devils, including five League titles. In 1992 he moved to Villa for £750,000, helping them win the Division Two title that season. He remained at the club until his retirement in 1998, finishing his career with 31 goals from 104 appearances.
Villa were unable to offer him a contract for the following season, which led to rumors that he might be considering retirement. However, this was denied by both McGrath and United manager Alex Ferguson who wanted him to continue playing. It wasn't until later that year that the debate over his future was finally resolved when he announced his retirement from football.
McGrath ended his career with United having made 549 appearances and scoring 130 goals. He also has 56 caps for Ireland without scoring.
After retiring from football, McGrath took up a role with Aston Villa as an ambassador and youth coach.
Loading.... Former Spain striker David Villa has announced his retirement from the game in Japan at the conclusion of the season. As part of an investment group, the 37-year-old will oversee a new US franchise, Queensboro FC, in New York. He will finish his career with Vissel Kobe before returning to America, where he previously played for New York FC. Villa scored 100 goals in 203 appearances for his country.
Villa made his debut for Barcelona as a 17-year-old in August 1999 and went on to become one of the world's most prolific scorers during a nine-year spell with the club. In total, he scored 160 goals in 341 matches for Barca and led them to four La Liga titles and the 2001 UEFA Champions League crown.
In January 2011, Villa joined NYCFC after scoring the first goal in the team's history earlier that month against Stoke City. He finished his time in America with 34 goals in 73 appearances for the club across all competitions.
After leaving Barca, Villa had brief spells with AC Milan and Villarreal before moving back to his native Spain with Hércules in 2014. He helped them win the Spanish Segunda Division title that year before joining Queensboro FC later that year.
During his career, Villa won several trophies including two La Liga titles, the 2009 UEFA Champions League, the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the European Championship in 2008. He was also named the UEFA Club Footballer of the Year twice.
Bobby Charlton, 19th. Manchester United's famous midfielder had a storied playing career at Old Trafford, winning three league titles in the 1950s and 1960s. He began as a winger but evolved into a marauding forward playmaker after growing up in the north-east. The England international was named PFA Player of the Year in 1958 and 1959.
He died in July 2014 at the age of 90.
England's all-time leading scorer announced his retirement from playing in January after being appointed permanent manager of Derby County. Rooney's team, on the other hand, underperformed, winning only one of their last 15 league games last season. They were eventually relegated to the Championship.
Rooney's debut for Derby came on 8 August 2015, in a 3–1 win against Carlisle United in the League Cup. He scored his first goal for the club three days later, helping his new team to a 1–0 home victory over Rotherham United in the English Football League. The scoreline was actually 1–1 at the end of the first half before Rooney found the net with a fine free kick just before the break. He ended up with 16 goals in all competitions that season, finishing as Division One runners-up and earning himself a move to Major League Soccer side DC United.
After one season in Washington, where he did not manage to secure his place in the starting lineup, Rooney returned to England and signed for Everton in July 2018. However, he was loaned back to D.C. United two months later.
During his time at Derby, Rooney became a fan favorite due to his work rate, energy on the pitch, and ability to find the back of the net. He also helped the club earn promotion to the Premier League as play-off winners.
The 19-year-old winger has joined the under-23 squad from Manchester City, where his father, England player Shaun, began his career. D'Margio Wright-Phillips attended the city's academies. But the only time he saw first-team play was as a substitute for the under-21s in the EFL Trophy. He made his debut against Norwich City on 10 October 2016.
Shaun Wright-Phillips is the younger brother of New York City FC player Daniel "Daniella" Wright-Phillips and the son of former English international player Shaun Wright-Phillips. The family lives in Pelham Park, a community built by Manchester City for their players and staff. They can be found around the park, which includes a football stadium and an athletics track.
Shaun Wright-Phillips started his career at Manchester City's academy before making his way through the ranks at parent club New York City FC. He made his professional debut on 10 October 2016 as a 79th-minute substitute for Frank Lampard in a 4–1 win over Norwich City. Two weeks later he scored his first goal in MLS, the winner in a 1–0 victory over Orlando City SC.
In February 2017, Wright-Phillips signed with Portsmouth FC on a loan deal that would become permanent after the clubs agreed a fee and terms were completed. He made an immediate impact, scoring four goals in eight appearances as the south coast team finished eighth in the English Premier League.
He quickly returned to England, where he played for Everton, Chelsea, and Blackburn. His time with Leeds proved to be one of his longest stints at a single club. McKenzie was famed for his ability to jump over a Mini and toss a golf ball the length of a pitch. This act earned him $100,000 in the 1950s when sports agents began to charge fees for their services.
McKenzie was born on May 11, 1931 in St. Helens, Lancashire, England. He was raised by his parents after they divorced when he was young. He had two sisters. When he was eight years old, his father died from cancer. After this tragedy, McKenzie's mother moved the family to America so that she could make more money as a model working for Ford Motor Company. They first lived in Detroit before moving to Oak Park, Illinois. Here he attended school and played soccer until he reached the age of 16 when he started a job with an insurance company. He worked there for four years before signing with Leeds United as a professional player.
McKenzie made his debut for Leeds on August 31, 1955 in a 1-1 draw against Bury. He scored his first goal for the club three months later in a 3-0 win over Barnsley. At the end of his first season with Leeds, they finished second in the league table behind Manchester United. In 1957-58, they won the league title.