ISL 2017: Five players who might retire after this season
The Indian Super League has seen it's fair share of experienced foreign globetrotters coming to the country to ply their trade in the competition. This season will be the same and in fact, ISL 2017 will be the biggest and the toughest of them all.
With a five-month schedule and two newly added teams, the competition is set to go a notch higher with players such as Dimitar Berbatov and Robbie Keane adding to the popularity of the competition.
But a majority of the foreign stars that have been signed by the ISL clubs are in the final few years of their career as Season 4 of the ISL may prove to be the last for some of the big names in the competition. Along with the foreigners, some Indian veterans are also expected to call it a day after the end of the upcoming season. In this segment, we will look at five such players who might be playing their last ever ISL:
Jussi Jaaskelainen (ATK)
A deadline day signing for the reigning champions, Jussi Jaaskelainen will add much-needed leadership at the back for ATK. He has proven himself at the highest of levels with his list of clubs speaking volumes about the custodian. With over 400 Premier League appearances to his name, Jaaskelainen is one of the biggest goalkeepers to have ever been signed by an Indian club.
Despite his vast experience, there is no denying the fact that the Finnish international is currently just prolonging his career by playing in the ISL. Jaaskelainen is 42-years-old and may not be able to play at this level for too long. His League One winning spell with Wigan Athletic was termed by many as his final frontier, but it now looks like the two time ISL champions could be Jaaskelainen's final club.