It is safe to say that 2022 has already been an interesting year for sports, with Tom Brady’s retirement and surprise return one of the highlights as he plans a famous sporting comeback.
Six weeks after announcing that he was finally quitting the NFL at the age of 44, the last ball he threw was purchased at auction for over half a million dollars.
The following day, Brady popped up with a surprise announcement that he would be returning for a third season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, immediately slashing the value of the anonymous bidder’s purchase.
To celebrate the latest high-profile sporting comeback, we have looked back at 10 other top athletes who just could not stay away from the sport they loved.
Thanks to modern nutrition and exercise regimes, an increasing number of athletes are able to prolong their careers beyond what is normally considered possible, but time catches up with everyone eventually.
There remains a long list of decorated veterans who could call it a day soon – such as Tiger Woods, Roger Federer and Zlatan Ibrahimovic – but once retired, how many of them will be able to resist the urge to stand in the spotlight once more?
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