Players retiring after EURO 2016
Summer of 2016 will be remembered as the one in which we’ve
lost some of the world’s biggest names from the international
stage. Truecelebmedia takes a look at top players for whom EURO 2016
is the last major tournament.
Long standing Spain captain, Iker Casillas (35), appears to have
retired from the Spanish national side after Spain’s 2-0 defeat to
Italy. The celebrated goalkeeper was under heavy criticism for years and
has lost his no. 1 spot to David De Gea. Having not played a single
minute at the tournament, he appeares to have posted on twitter a
clear message of his retirement. Casillas made his debut in 2000 in
a friendly against Sweden and went to his first EURO in 2000 as a
19-year-old back-up to Santiago Canizares. He will be
remembered as the captain of the most successful generation in
the history of Spanish football.
Patrice Evra (35) is defying his age according to Rio Ferdinand
who can’t believe his former teammate is still playing at the
highest level, representing France at EURO 2016 as first-choice left
back. His performances so far have even prompted Juventus to tie
him down for two more years, but it is highly unlikely he will also
continue to represent Les Bleus.
Darijo Srna (34) has had a hugely emotional tournament. He
captained Croatia to the top of Group D, despite attending his
father’s funeral in the days between the games. Croatia were
tipped even for the final, but crashed rather unluckily to Portugal in
the round of 16. His displays have shown that at 34 he is still
among Europe’s finest right-wing crossers. He has scored 22
goals from his full-back position, with his finest moment being
Euro 2008 when he scored in a 2-1 victory over Germany.
World Cup winner in 2006 with Italy,
Andrea Barzagli (35) could call
an end to his international career with another medal around his
neck. Alongside Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci he has
forged a formidable barrier in front of Buffon and if Italy were to
win the title it will be much thanks to their defensive efforts.
The oldest among the bunch, Ricardo Carvalho is still going strong
at 38. Through his illustrious career he has represented Portugal
89 times which is not a huge number of caps considering his age
and reputation. However, he was exiled for three years from the
national team for an argument with former manager Paulo Bento.
Winner od EURO 2008 and 2012,
and the spine of 2010 World Cup-winning team, Andres Iniesta , has hinted at retirement after failure
against Italy. He is the second out of three Spanish players we
might have seen for the last time wearing La Roja jersey and it
marks and end to a golden generation that dominated world
The third player is of course Pedro . Although he is still just 28, the
lack of game time at the EURO has brought great disappointment
for the former Barca winger. He was quoted as saying that it’s not
worth being a part of the national squad if you are not going to
.The tensions have seemingly been put to rest, but with La Roja
needing a serious overhaul, Pedro might have effectively ended his
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Bastian Schweinsteiger (31) is probably playing his last
tournament for Germany. At 31 one would think that there is still
some fuel left in his tank, but an injury plagued season with
Manchester United suggests otherwise. He is in a supporting role
at EURO 2016, coming off the bench when needed (although he did
score in this tournament), but it is hard to see him endure until the
World Cup in two years time.
At one time, Ricardo Quaresma was considered as a brighter
prospect than his peer Cristiano Ronaldo, but a rather troubling
mindset has cost him to live up to his enormous potential. With 54
caps he is the least capped player of our selection, and one has to
wonder what heights he might have achieved if he was blessed
with Ronaldo’s hunger for success. The duo saw Portugal edge
Croatia by a single goal and hinted at their title ambitions.
Quaresma has not yet expressed his intentions, but with 33 years
on his back it’s hard to see him continue for Portugal.
It might come as a surprise that Tomas Rosicky has made 105
caps for Czech Republic considering his injury plagued career, but
the skillful midfielder was an essential part of the national team for
years. He played a solid tournament at EURO 2016 with Czech’s
high point coming in a 2-2 draw against Croatia.
And last, we have the player whose exit from the international
stage has attracted the most interest – Zlatan Ibrahimovic . The
towering striker has retired as Sweden’s all-time top scorer with 62
goals. Although he failed to make a significant impact with Sweden
on the international stage, his charisma and signature moves will
be dearly missed.
Not bad for a group of old-timers…