'It is the saddest day of my career,' says Iniesta after announcing retirement

WION Web Team
Russia Published: Jul 02, 2018, 02:37 AM(IST)

Andres Iniesta Photograph:( Twitter )

Spanish legend Andres Iniesta has announced retirement from international football after losing to Russia in the Round of 16 of FIFA World Cup 2018 on July 1. The 34-year-old came on as a substitute as Spain lost 4-3 on penalties. His last kick for his country was to score in the shootout in his 131st - and final - international outing.

Iniesta made his debut in 2006 and scored the winning goal in of FIFA World Cup 2014 finale.

"It was not a good way to say goodbye, but football and life are like that," said Iniesta after the match.

"I am leaving with a nasty taste in the mouth. We screwed ourselves because we didn't manage to make that extra step."

"It is the saddest day of my career," said former Barcelona player. 

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In May 2018, Iniesta ended his 22-year career at Barca when he joined Japanese club, Vissel Kobe.

He won 32 trophies at Barcelona, where he made 674 senior appearances, having joined the youth set-up aged 12.

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