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5 Washed Up EPL Players Who Should Retire Already

5 Washed Up EPL Players Who Should Retire Already

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The English Premier League (EPL) is one of the most competitive leagues in football. It is a very diverse league with stars from all over the globe and many of these stars have become household names. However, when a player can no longer live up to their name, it's time to hang it up. Which players in the EPL really need to retire instead of making themselves look silly on the weekends? These five guys certainly fit the bill.

5. Samuel Eto’o

Samuel Eto'o struggles to impress in World Cup
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5. Samuel Eto’o

Samuel Eto'o struggles to impress in World Cup
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Samuel Eto'o had his best years when he wore the Blaugrana shirt for FC Barcelona. He added to his success with Inter Milan but he really hasn't been impressive since he ran to Anzhi Makhachkala in 2011 for an absurd amount of money ($ 28.8 million per season). Now once again it's all about the money. Eto'o failed to impress with FC Chelsea last year and now he's searching for another club for more cash. Eto'o just retire; you've made your money.

4. Rio Ferdinand

Queens Park Rangers defender Rio Ferdinand
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4. Rio Ferdinand

Queens Park Rangers defender Rio Ferdinand
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Rio Ferdinand had his best years for Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson. Now that Fergie's gone, the Red Devils are trying to cope with the harsh effects of Murphy's Law. Consequently, Ferdinand got the boot from Man U so now he's trying to stay relevant with the once again promoted Queens Park Rangers. Ferdinand turns 36 this November, so maybe he should take a cue from his 36-year-old colleague, Carles Puyol, and call it a career.

3. Didier Drogba

Chelsea forward Didier Drogba to play again
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3. Didier Drogba

Chelsea forward Didier Drogba to play again
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One of Africa's greatest strikers ever and a Chelsea FC legend indeed, Didier Drogba has had a career worth smiling about. He left Chelsea in the same manner that Michael Jordan left the Chicago Bulls: on top. Now his former manager José Mourinho is back in the Blue's dugout and he's summoned Drogba for his services. With the likes of Diego Costa and André Schürrle ahead of the 36-year-old vet, what on earth are Drogba and coach Mou thinking?

2. Nicolas Anelka

Nicolas Anelka of West Bromwich looks on from bench
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2. Nicolas Anelka

Nicolas Anelka of West Bromwich looks on from bench
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Nicolas Anelka is no stranger to controversy. His international career ended four years ago with France's shameful display of insolence in the 2010 World Cup on his behalf and now Anleka has made enemies with authority again. West Bromwich Albion cut ties with Anelka for gross misconduct and now he really should leave the game for good. Anelka is currently a free agent, but I don't think that this 35-year-old headache is worth anybody's troubles.

1. Fernando Torres

Chelsea forward Fernando Torres washed up or motivated
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1. Fernando Torres

Chelsea forward Fernando Torres washed up or motivated
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From stud to dud, El Niño (the kid) never really matured into the player that Chelsea paid $ 84 million for in 2011. Fernando Torres has been on an abysmal spell for three years running, so it's not a fluke. He's washed up, and last season Torres only managed to score five Premier League goals in 29 appearances. Even though Torres is just 30, he plays like he's 40, so it's time for him to call it a career in the EPL.