The news was to be expected but it shook the rugby world because it is an emblem of the oval ball. Dan Carter, at age 38, announced his retirement from rugby and where he passed he left his winning trail. Leadership and success were words that were associated throughout his career. With the All Blacks he won everything he set out to do, but at the club level he was not out of tune with the successes either.
With The All Blacks won the Tri Nations in 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010, and also the Rugby Championship in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Also, with the black jersey, he won the world championship in the RWC of 2011 and 2015. At the club level, he did not leave a team without a title where he passed and perhaps where he stood out most was in Super Rugby with Crusaders.
His numbers in old Super Rugby are incredible and, for now, second to none. The Aperture, two-time world champion with the All Blacks in 2011 and 2015, is the top scorer in the competition. Carter accumulated 1,708 points in Super Rugby. In 2002, he was 20 when he played his first tournament for the Crusaders, after a great season at Canterbury. First, he played second center, until in 2005 he seized the number 10 jersey, replacing another historic All Blacks player, Andrew Merthens.
He reached his best in 2006 with the Christchurch franchise, scoring 221 goals on the season. Scorer par excellence for the All Blacks, he is the player who scored the most points in the history of this sport (with 1,598 goals) and left behind established players from his country such as Merthens, Grant Fox, Aaron Cruden and Carlos Spencer.
Carter has a long string of successes in his career, which made him one of the most winning players on the planet. He was champion with Canterbury in 2001, 2004, 2008, 2009 and 2010, winner of Super Rugby with Crusaders in 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2008. He remained with the team until 2008, and his last game was lost with the Brumbies 37-24. That day he scored 17 points, the product of five penalties and a conversion.
After the 2015 World Cup, he decided to retire from the national team and moved to Paris, to play for Racing 92 for three seasons. In France, already it had been crowned in the Top 14 with Perpignan in 2009 and did it again with Racing Metro (today Racing 92) in 2016. In 2018 he went to Japan and took another Olympic lap, with the Kobelco Steelers in his first year on the team.
Last year he signed for the Blues but failed to play any games, however, he did not say goodbye without being champion. He joined the team that saw him born, Southbridge, which he led to the Coleman Shield, beating Waihora in the final, 40-32. A career and a career that few will be able to match.