Peter Crouch, the former England striker, made his decision of retirement at the age of 38. The 6 feet 7 inch in height had made his debut in football with English league in 2000. He played for nine clubs, including Liverpool, Portsmouth, Tottenham, and Stoke. Recently he spent the second half of last season at Burnley. In May 2005, Crouch’s first England Cap came against Colombia, and he played 42 times for the Three Lions, scored 22 goals which was the best part of his career.
Crouch put a statement on his Twitter account, saying, “After a lot of deliberation this summer I have decided to retire from football. Our wonderful game has given me everything. I’m so thankful to everyone who helped me get there and to help me stay there for so long, If you told me at 17 I’d play in World Cups, get to a Champions League final, win the FA Cup and get 100 Premier League goals I would have avoided you at all costs. It’s been an absolute dream come true.”
He made 468 appearances for seven different clubs and scored 108 top-flight goals. He has a record of most headed goals, 51, in Premier League History. Crouch played in 2006 Football World Cup and scored his first competitive goal for England during a 2-0 group stage victory against Trinidad and Tobago. Further, he was also selected in the 2010 World Cup held in South Africa. Extratips.com covers all football league tournaments including the world cup events to provide latest football betting tips.
Last year he released a book “How to be a Footballer” while he worked with media. Crouch won the FA Cup for Liverpool and made the path for the team to reach 2007 Champion League final. He also added in his Twitter statement that he is looking to spend more time with family now and recently had a fourth child with his wife, Abbey Clancy.
Aaron Rodgers Signs $150m Contract as Green Bay Packers Retain Star Quarterback
If you are a Green Bay Packers fan, then the news that Aaron Rodgers has pledged himself to the Lambeau Field franchise for another three years will be music to your ears. The veteran quarterback has completed back-to-back NFL MVP award-winning seasons, and many may have feared that another offseason filled with ‘will-he, won’t he’ rumors were on the cards, but that’s now been neatly avoided.
38-year-old Rodgers has put pen to paper on a deal that will net him a massive $150m and makes him the best-paid player in the league. His first year will amount to $41m, the second is worth $59, and his third will work out at $49m. That may seem like a hefty sum, but Rodgers reportedly actually turned down a higher amount, knowing that doing so would free up money to improve the deals of other players (and possible newcomers to the Packers ranks).
The retention of Rodgers will, of course, offer a massive boost to Matt LaFleur’s team’s push for a Super Bowl title, and if you take a look at any odds comparison site, you’ll see that Green Bay are now at around the (+1100) mark, meaning that only the Buffalo Bills, the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are ahead of them in the betting.
Rodgers has been in superb form over the past few seasons, showing that age hasn’t caught up with him, and there is certainly plenty more left in the tank. Next season will be his 18th with the Packers, and he has led his team to the playoffs in each of the past three campaigns.
During that period, the Packers have a 39-6 record in regular-season action, which is a frightening level of consistency, and keeping such a hugely talented player at the team is something that has been widely applauded.
Green Bay general manager Brian Gutekunst remarked;
“We are very pleased to be able to come to an agreement with Aaron that keeps him in Green Bay,”
“His play on the field and leadership in our locker room remain vital in our pursuit of another Super Bowl title. The agreement also allows us to maintain and enhance what we feel is already a very competitive roster.”
The new deal for Rodgers has left back-up QB Jordan Love considering his options, and one imagines he may look to leave Green Bay in order to find game time elsewhere.
On that point, comments from LaFleur suggest that they may not stand in his way, should he indeed look to find a new team;
“Jordan’s come a long way,”
“I still think, with any young player that hasn’t gotten maybe the experience up to this point, there’s still a lot of room for growth. So I think it’s going to be an important offseason, that when he does come back, it’s making sure that his footwork is sharp, that he’s on the details of what we’re trying to accomplish on each and every play and all the concepts, really a mastery of the offense, and just the command that he has. I know he takes that to heart, and he takes it very personally, and he’ll do whatever he can to be his best.”
One thing is for sure. Trying to force your way from behind the shadow of such an accomplished player, such as Aaron Rodgers, isn’t something that can be easily achieved. Hence the likely need to move on rather than sit on the sidelines for another three years.
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