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To see your number retired by your club is the most prestigious honour a player can receive. Only a handful of footballers leave behind a legacy worthy of the gesture, and below are some of the stars who wrote their names in their clubs' history books.
Turmoil in the lower tiers of football in the United States has left one league on the brink of implosion and arguably the most glamorous name in American soccer, the New York Cosmos, facing an uncertain future.
The fate of the New York Cosmos is hanging in the balance as the club seeks assurances about the future of the crisis-plagued North American Soccer League, sources confirmed to AFP on Tuesday.
Former Real Madrid great Raul went into retirement in style as his New York Cosmos beat the Ottawa Fury 3-2 to win the NASL title in his final match.