After the club football season ended, football fans had a hope to live in the form of EURO 2016 and Copa America Centenario. Despite all the excitements that these competitions provided us, there were some heartbreaks and some legends and good players announced their retirement from the national team after they weren’t able to lead their teams to success. Let’s have a look on the list:
1. Iker Casillas:
Ilker Casillas, the World Cup winning captain has achieved a lot with his national team. Casillas has been one of the best goalkeepers in the history of the football of Real Madrid and Spain. The 35-year-old goalkeeper has been Spain’s first choice keeper for several years from now. But due to aging, Casillas has lost his touch and now he is replaced by David De Gea as the first choice goalkeeper. After winning EURO 2012, Casillas spent all of his time at EURO 2016 time on Spain’s bench and couldn’t get any playing time. He finally announced his retirement from the national team after Spain was knocked out by Italy.
2. Zlatan Ibrahimovic:
“Man with the golden touch” Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been a phenomenal striker throughout his career. He has the neck of scoring goals and has scored such goals that shocked the world. He has been excellent with Sweden scoring 62 goals in 116 appearances for the national side. During the Euro 2016, Zlatan couldn’t even score a single goal and his team got knocked out of the tournament. He thought the time has come and he is no more effective for the country and announced his retirement.
3. Andres Iniesta:
The World Cup final goalscorer, Andres Iniesta has also quit the national team services The Barcelona man has been in great form in the whole tournament and have been the engine of Spain’s midfield, creating chances and providing stability to the game. But he was heartbroken after Spain lost to Italy by a 2-0 score-line and officially announced his retirement.
Following Lionel Messi’s quite from the team. Some of his team-mates have also announced their retirement. All were the part of 3 times final losing Argentina team and all were heart broken.
4. Lionel Messi:
A sad day in football when Lionel Messi announced his retirement from the national team and told the world that they will never see him playing in Argentina’s jersey again. Messi is only 29 years old and has a lot to offer to his national side. But due to not achieving any trophy with the team and facing that much criticism by Argentine fans, Messi gave up and lost all hope. Messi had offers from Spanish national team and could have won the World in 2010, but he chose to win it with his country. He has left as a Legend and is the all-time top scorer for Argentina. There are lots of people trying to convince Messi to think again about his retirement and there is quite big chance that Messi would play with Argentina in 2018 World Cup.
5. Sergio Aguero:
The Olympic gold medal winner in 2008 along with Leo, Sergio Aguero has also announced that he will not be playing with Argentina in the future. The Manchester City man has been very successful at the club. He is also vital for his national side but hasn’t won any trophy. He has scored 33 goals for the country.
6. Javier Mascherano:
The defensive midfielder and center back Javier Mascherano has 129 appearances for Argentina and has been playing for the side since 2003. He has been a key player and will surely be missed by the team as he will not be seen in Argentine colors again.
7. Angel Di Maria:
The former Real Madrid and current PSG winger, Di Maria has been counted amongst one of the best players in the world. Di Maria is known for his playmaking abilities and crosses. He has appeared in 76 games for the national side and has been a key player. He is also among the Argentines who are quitting the national side.
9. Ever Banega:
The Sevilla midfielder has enjoyed a successful 2015/16 campaign with Sevilla winning Europa League and being runner-up in Copa Del Rey. But he is also filled with disappointment for losing 2nd Copa America in a row. He is moving to the Italian club Inter Milan and retiring from Argentina’s football team.
10. Sergio Romero:
The great first choice goalkeeper of Argentina, Sergio Romero is also putting a full stop to his Argentina career. All of these Argentines have been a vital part of the team and their absence will surely be felt.