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The career of a professional athlete is relatively short and the retirement could be very painful for some former No.1 sports stars.

Nexter.org made a list of once top athletes who are on the bench now.

Martina Navratilova

The tennis superstar, Martina Navratilova (now 55), played professionally well into her 40s.

She said that after retiring, “you become irrelevant really quickly.”

The former tennis champion turned commentator told BBC Panorama that she was shocked to learn that her fellow Wimbledon pundit John McEnroe is “getting at least ten times as much money” as she makes at the BBC.

Navratilova also serves as fitness ambassador for AARP, which she says she loves. And she wrote “Shape Your Self: My 6-Step Diet and Fitness Plan to Achieve the Best Shape of Your Life.”

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Source: wtatennis.com

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 65, was one of the world’s most famous basketball players. He remains the record all-time scorer in the National Basketball Association.

But he retired as a player in 1989, after 20 years of professional play and got depressed.

“I think that (retirement) was the more difficult adjustment because you don’t know what to do,” he said. “I’d had this incredible career.”

But he discovered a new calling. Now, he says, he wants to be known for his writing – not just his basketball prowess.

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Source: Getty Images

Kevin Willis

Kevin Willis career with the NBA stretched into his 40s. But he still didn’t want to retire.

“If it wasn’t for the simple fact that I’m older, I would (still) be playing,” he said. He finally stopped because he says he didn’t want to wear out his welcome.

Willis already had a post-NBA pursuit lined up when he stopped playing for good five years ago. He started a clothing brand, Willis and Walker, back in 1988.

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Boris Becker

The three-time Wimbledon tennis champion and former World No. 1 was declared bankrupt by a British court on June 21, 2017.

He owed Arbuthnot Latham & Co, a private bank, a large sum since October 2015, and the court did not find credible evidence that Becker could pay.

He was once estimated to be worth upwards of $126 million.

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Source: Clive Brunskill / DIARIO AS

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Life After Big Sport: Martina Navratilova and 3 Other Retired Athletes Who Lost Their Success Forever
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