You know you should have quit when...: Five sports stars who should have called it a day but didn’t

11:00 16 October 2012

Audley Harrison was knocked out by David Price

Audley Harrison was knocked out by David Price

London24 takes a look at some sporting moments when the white flag should have been raised

Audley Harrison after his fight with David PriceAudley Harrison after his fight with David Price

AUDLEY HARRISON

The the former Olympic heavyweight gold medallist was left with a broken nose after suffering a first-round knockout against David Price on Saturday.

Despite this latest humiliating loss, after being knocked out by David Haye in 2009 while he only landed a single punch in the bout, he has not considered retirement. This latest defeat has left the Harlesden punching bag with a 28-6 record but the 40-year-old is still delaying the decision to call time on a career that promised so much and delivered so little.

Michael Schumacher. Picture: Martin Rickett/PA WireMichael Schumacher. Picture: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

MICHAEL SCHUMACHER

The German Formula 1 driver is retiring for the second time at the end of the 2012 Formula 1 season after Mercedes decided to replace him with Lewis Hamilton. There is no doubting that Schumacher is a legend of the sport having rewritten the record books between 1992 and 2006.

The 43-year-old returned to the sport in 2010, hoping to compete for wins but only has one podium to his name. That came in Valencia this year and he benefitted from Pastor Maldonado taking out Hamilton on the penultimate lap.

Blackburn Rovers manager Steve Kean during the npower Championship match at Ewood Park, Blackburn. Picture: Dave Thompson/PA WireBlackburn Rovers manager Steve Kean during the npower Championship match at Ewood Park, Blackburn. Picture: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

STEVE KEAN

Hated by Blackburn Rovers fans who refused to turn up with him in charge, wanted out by the local press, yet still Kean carried on. He took over from Sam Allardyce in 2010 and only assured Premier League survival at the end of the season.

Kean should have taken a leaf out of Ricky Sbragia’s book and called it quits then while he had some dignity. However, the following season was disastrous as Rovers were relegated amid constant protests over his tenure. The Scot still kept his job and was only sacked this month after a defeat to Middlesbrough.

LANCE ARMSTRONG

The American retired from cycling in 2005, having won the Tour de France seven times in a row and with his reputation, at the time, as one of the sport’s greats assured

But after a four-year retirement he returned in 2009 to try to win an eighth Tour title. Although he came third in that edition of the Tour, his third and final effort saw him finish in a disappointing 23rd position, 39 minutes behind winner Alberto Contador, who then had his victory stripped for failing a drugs test. And Armstrong too has now been stripped of his titles by the US Anti-Doping Association amid recent high-profile allegations of doping.

SOCRATES

The Brazil playmaker had won 60 caps for his country between 1979 and 1986. His playing career was predominantly at Corinthians, where he scored 172 goals in 297 games.

However, after retiring in 1989 he returned, at the age of 50, to play 12 minutes for English non-league side Garforth Town before calling it quits after the game.

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