Turning Points: On a New Kick

This soccer legend retired at 34, then returned to the field, and the U.S., to learn the business game

I had no idea what life would be like after soccer. I was a professional by the age of 16 and a member of the national team. My father, a soccer player too, had always told me, "Prepare for the future." But soccer was my life. My father also said, "Stop playing at the top of your career." I didn't get it. Why I should stop when I'm at my best? "They will never forget that great player," he said. "If you stop when you are playing poorly, people will remember that bad player." That's why I retired--for the first time--in...

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