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Al Jazeera looks at the leading sports stars who decided to retire in 2012.
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2012 20:07


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Batsman Ricky Ponting played his last international match against South Africa in November 2012. The former Australian captain is the second highest run scorer in history and guided his team to 48 Test wins. However, Ponting isn't the only familiar sporting face to retire in 2012... 
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Michael Schumacher loves retiring so much he did it twice. The first time was in 2006 when he was racing for Ferrari. In 2010, the seven-time World Champion returned to Formula One with Mercedes but after two unsuccessful seasons decided to hang up his racing boots once more. For good this time? Most likely 
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Yes, animals retire too. And what an animal Frankel is. The thoroughbred racehorse retired after a 14-race unbeaten run that saw him proclaimed one of the greatest. Frankel now lives happily at Banstead Manor Stud in Suffolk and commands a stud fee of over $200,000 
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If you are lucky you get to choose when you retire. But sadly it wasn't the case for this young man. At 24, Bolton footballer Fabrice Muamba has already retired after suffering an almost fatal heart-attack during a match. The doctors said he will never play football again but after coming back from the dead, perhaps we shouldn't rule it out entirely 
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It is fair to say that despite his poor form and poor relationship with Kevin Pietersen, few saw this retirement coming. After all he was the man who led England to the number one Test ranking. But after 100 Tests he'd had enough and as a token of appreciation, his teammates bought him 100 bottles of wine. 'I think that will furnish me nicely into retirement!' said Strauss
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Belgium tennis star Kim Clijsters is another sports star who couldn't quite make her mind up when to go. She first retired in 2007 after struggling with injury but returned just in time to win the U.S. Open twice and the 2011 Australian Open. With three U.S. Open titles to her name it is fitting it was in New York where she finally hung up her racket in August 2012 
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India's cricket team took a double hit in 2012 with two of their strongest, yet oldest, batsman leaving the international crease for good. VVS Laxman (R) and Rahul Dravid (L) both felt it was time to give the younger guys a go after dominating the batting landscape for over 15 years 
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If you know anything about MotoGP then you will know a man called Casey Stoner. The Australian speedster won two World Championships in 2007 and 2011, and was often the man to beat. Following his decision to retire, the Phillip Island circuit in Oz named one of their corners after him. But what is around the next corner for Stoner?
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Batsman Ricky Ponting played his last international match against South Africa in November 2012. The former Australian captain is the second highest run scorer in history and guided his team to 48 Test wins. However, Ponting isn(***)t the only familiar sporting face to retire in 2012... ;*;Michael Schumacher loves retiring so much he did it twice. The first time was in 2006 when he was racing for Ferrari. In 2010, the seven-time World Champion returned to Formula One with Mercedes but after two unsuccessful seasons decided to hang up his racing boots once more. For good this time? Most likely ;*;Yes, animals retire too. And what an animal Frankel is. The thoroughbred racehorse retired after a 14-race unbeaten run that saw him proclaimed one of the greatest. Frankel now lives happily at Banstead Manor Stud in Suffolk and commands a stud fee of over $200,000 ;*;If you are lucky you get to choose when you retire. But sadly it wasn(***)t the case for this young man. At 24, Bolton footballer Fabrice Muamba has already retired after suffering an almost fatal heart-attack during a match. The doctors said he will never play football again but after coming back from the dead, perhaps we shouldn(***)t rule it out entirely ;*;It is fair to say that despite his poor form and poor relationship with Kevin Pietersen, few saw this retirement coming. After all he was the man who led England to the number one Test ranking. But after 100 Tests he(***)d had enough and as a token of appreciation, his teammates bought him 100 bottles of wine. (***)I think that will furnish me nicely into retirement!(***) said Strauss;*;Belgium tennis star Kim Clijsters is another sports star who couldn(***)t quite make her mind up when to go. She first retired in 2007 after struggling with injury but returned just in time to win the U.S. Open twice and the 2011 Australian Open. With three U.S. Open titles to her name it is fitting it was in New York where she finally hung up her racket in August 2012 ;*;India(***)s cricket team took a double hit in 2012 with two of their strongest, yet oldest, batsman leaving the international crease for good. VVS Laxman (R) and Rahul Dravid (L) both felt it was time to give the younger guys a go after dominating the batting landscape for over 15 years ;*;If you know anything about MotoGP then you will know a man called Casey Stoner. The Australian speedster won two World Championships in 2007 and 2011, and was often the man to beat. Following his decision to retire, the Phillip Island circuit in Oz named one of their corners after him. But what is around the next corner for Stoner? Daylife ID:
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In Pictures: Calling Timehttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Calling-TimeAl Jazeera looks at the leading sports stars who decided to retire in 2012.en-usAl Jazeerafeedback@daylife.com10Wed, 05 Dec 2012 16:48:49 GMTWed, 05 Dec 2012 18:48:49 GMTAustralia v South Africa - Third Test: Day 4http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Calling-Time?image_id=06ufgPp8bZaKg

Batsman Ricky Ponting played his last international match against South Africa in November 2012. The former Australian captain is the second highest run scorer in history and guided his team to 48 Test wins. However, Ponting isn't the only familiar sporting face to retire in 2012 

Mon, 03 Dec 2012 15:41:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Calling-Time?image_id=06ufgPp8bZaKgPaul KaneGetty ImagesGetty Images

Batsman Ricky Ponting played his last international match against South Africa in November 2012. The former Australian captain is the second highest run scorer in history and guided his team to 48 Test wins. However, Ponting isn't the only familiar sporting face to retire in 2012 

Australia v South Africa - Third Test: Day 4
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Michael Schumacher loves retiring so much he did it twice. The first time was in 2006 when he was racing for Ferrari. In 2010, he returned to Formula One with  Mercedes but after two unsuccessful seasons he decided to hang up his racing boots once more. For good this time? Most likely 

Sun, 25 Nov 2012 06:07:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Calling-Time?image_id=03cT26x67dd7oSilvia IzquierdoAPAP Photo

Michael Schumacher loves retiring so much he did it twice. The first time was in 2006 when he was racing for Ferrari. In 2010, he returned to Formula One with  Mercedes but after two unsuccessful seasons he decided to hang up his racing boots once more. For good this time? Most likely 

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Ascot Raceshttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Calling-Time?image_id=02GW7j78ubbtS

Yes, animals can retire too. And what an animal Frankel was. The thoroughbred racehorse retired after a 14-race unbeaten run saw him proclaimed one of the greatest race horses of all time. Frankel now lives at Banstead Manor Stud in Suffolk and commands a stud fee of over $200,000 

Sat, 20 Oct 2012 16:24:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Calling-Time?image_id=02GW7j78ubbtSAlan CrowhurstGetty ImagesGetty Images

Yes, animals can retire too. And what an animal Frankel was. The thoroughbred racehorse retired after a 14-race unbeaten run saw him proclaimed one of the greatest race horses of all time. Frankel now lives at Banstead Manor Stud in Suffolk and commands a stud fee of over $200,000 

Ascot Races
Photo taken on May 5, 2012 shows Boltonhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Calling-Time?image_id=04Z04Qy7Fo35e

If you are very lucky you get to choose when you retire. But sadly it wasn't the case for this young man. At the age of 24, Fabrice Muamba has already retired from football after suffering an almost fatal heart-attack during a match playing for Bolton. The doctors told him he will never play football again but after coming back from the death, perhaps we shouldn't rule it out entirely 

Wed, 15 Aug 2012 13:04:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Calling-Time?image_id=04Z04Qy7Fo35eIAN KINGTONAFP/Getty ImagesGetty Images

If you are very lucky you get to choose when you retire. But sadly it wasn't the case for this young man. At the age of 24, Fabrice Muamba has already retired from football after suffering an almost fatal heart-attack during a match playing for Bolton. The doctors told him he will never play football again but after coming back from the death, perhaps we shouldn't rule it out entirely 

Photo taken on May 5, 2012 shows Bolton
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Belgium tennis star Kim Clijsters is another sports star who couldn't quite make her mind up when to go. She first retired in 2007 after struggling with injury but returned just in time to win the U.S. Open twice and the 2011 Australian Open. With three U.S. Open titles to her name it is fitting it was in New York where she finally hung up her racket in August 2012 

Wed, 29 Aug 2012 18:31:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Calling-Time?image_id=0aCqfis56DfxQCharles KrupaAPAP Photo

Belgium tennis star Kim Clijsters is another sports star who couldn't quite make her mind up when to go. She first retired in 2007 after struggling with injury but returned just in time to win the U.S. Open twice and the 2011 Australian Open. With three U.S. Open titles to her name it is fitting it was in New York where she finally hung up her racket in August 2012 

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England Cricket Media Press Conferencehttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Calling-Time?image_id=017w6mcdiw09a

It is perhaps fair to say that despite his poor form and poor relationship with Kevin Pietersen, few saw the retirement of Andrew Strauss coming. After all he was the man that led England to number one in the Test rankings. But after 100 Tests he'd had enough and as a token of appreciation, his teammates bought him 100 bottles of wine. 'I think that will furnish me nicely into retirement!' Strauss said.  

Wed, 29 Aug 2012 11:52:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Calling-Time?image_id=017w6mcdiw09aAndrew RedingtonGetty ImagesGetty Images

It is perhaps fair to say that despite his poor form and poor relationship with Kevin Pietersen, few saw the retirement of Andrew Strauss coming. After all he was the man that led England to number one in the Test rankings. But after 100 Tests he'd had enough and as a token of appreciation, his teammates bought him 100 bottles of wine. 'I think that will furnish me nicely into retirement!' Strauss said.  

England Cricket Media Press Conference
No title givenhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Calling-Time?image_id=05jS8YOdRl6u2

India's cricket team took a double hit in 2012 with two of their strongest, yet oldest, batsman leaving the international crease for good. VVS Laxman (R) and Rahul Dravid (L) both felt it was time to give the younger guys a go after dominating the batting landscape for over 15 years 

Fri, 29 Jul 2011 17:51:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Calling-Time?image_id=05jS8YOdRl6u2JON SUPERAPAP Photo

India's cricket team took a double hit in 2012 with two of their strongest, yet oldest, batsman leaving the international crease for good. VVS Laxman (R) and Rahul Dravid (L) both felt it was time to give the younger guys a go after dominating the batting landscape for over 15 years 

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MotoGP of Australia - Previewshttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Calling-Time?image_id=0fuleMo0c40Sh

If you know anything about MotoGP then you will know of a man called Casey Stoner. The Australian speedster won two World Championships in 2007 and 2011, and was often the man to beat for the last five years of his career. Following his decision to retire, the Phillip Island circuit in Australia named one of their corners after him. But what is around the next corner for Stoner? Something undoubtedly scary 

Thu, 25 Oct 2012 00:40:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Calling-Time?image_id=0fuleMo0c40ShRobert CianfloneGetty ImagesGetty Images

If you know anything about MotoGP then you will know of a man called Casey Stoner. The Australian speedster won two World Championships in 2007 and 2011, and was often the man to beat for the last five years of his career. Following his decision to retire, the Phillip Island circuit in Australia named one of their corners after him. But what is around the next corner for Stoner? Something undoubtedly scary 

MotoGP of Australia - Previews


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