Spain's Andres Iniesta retires from global football following World Cup exit

02 July, 2018, 01:50 | Author: Anita Tucker
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Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta has announced his retirement from worldwide football, following La Roja's loss to Russian Federation in the round of 16.

"It's reality that today has been my last match for the national team", he told reporters. A marvellous spell is over. Sometimes the end is not as you dreamed it.

Iniesta made a grand total of 131 appearances for his country, with one goal in particular remembered by all those in Spain.

Some debate rages as to whether Spain's suffocating style today resembled the "Tiki-Taka" philosophy that garnered them and Barcelona every major trophy in both club and worldwide football.

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"It's bad, it's tough", he said.

"In the second half, we were trying to defend".

Iniesta started Sunday's last-16 game on the bench as coach Fernando Hierro opted to rest the Barcelona legend.

"On a personal level, it wasn't my dream farewell, but these things happen in life".

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"Some players will come, others will go, but we're always proud to represent this national team".

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said after Russian Federation knocked the 2010 champions out on penalties in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium that Putin - who watched the game on TV - had not put any pressure on the team to win.

Spain captain Ramos, who said it was "very hard" to take his country's "painful" World Cup exit, did not address his own future plans but said he was sure his national side would be back competing for trophies at the next worldwide tournaments. We will be back at big tournaments again.

But the way the draw has worked out, England have been presented with an awesome chance to potentially reach their first World Cup final since 1966.

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