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Thiago Silva & De Gea lead tributes to emotional Roger Federer after he retires from tennis

9:24 AM EDT 9/24/22
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Footballers from across the globe have paid tribute to legendary tennis player Roger Federer after he announced his retirement.
  • Federer announced retirement aged 41
  • Footballers have paid tribute
  • Swiss star previously linked with football move

WHAT HAPPENED? Federer brought his illustrious tennis career to a close on Friday and some of the biggest names in football have paid tribute to the Swiss superstar.

THE BIGGER PICTURE: The 41-year-old retires having won a whopping 20 Grand Slam titles, a feat only bettered by Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal - the latter of whom Federer paired up with for his final ever match in the Laver Cup.

THE VERDICT:

WHAT NEXT FOR FEDERER? Federer has been linked with a move into football in the past, with FC Basel - his childhood team - said to have offered him the club presidency. Whether he takes up a role like this in the future remains to be seen.