THE HANGING BOOTS “RACE”

In these recent time we have witnessed star football players in Europe and Africa retire from international football citing different reasons for their decisions what makes them make these hard decisions while still at the peak of their careers I take a look at this and the football stars involved.

After Germany failing to impress in the just concluded 2018 world cup and forcing an early exit it was evident that there was a big problem in the German camp Arsenal midfielder Ozil, quit international football after Germany exited the World Cup in the group stages, citing “racism and disrespect”. Ozil faced criticism after being photographed alongside Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan in May and was one of the players blamed for Germany’s disappointing World Cup campaign in Russia. Even though real Madrid’s and Germany midfielder Toni kroos dismissed ozils claims terming them as nonsense  He revealed he was called a “goat-f****r” by a German politician and that he and his family have received hate mail and threatening phone calls. Ozil won 92 caps for Germany and was part of the 2014 World Cup winning team. He was voted the national team’s player of the year five times by fans.

Another recent retirement is that of Chelsea and Nigerian wingback victor mosses who hanged his boots at the age of 27 years The Chelsea wing-back has played for the Super Eagles for six years, making 31 appearances in all. Announcing his retirement. Through his Instagram mosses wrote “I would like to announce that after much thought I have made the decision to retire from playing international football.”I have experienced some of the best moments of my life wearing the Super Eagles shirt and have memories with me that will last a lifetime. Moses said he would like to concentrate on his club Chelsea and family the reasons behind his retirement, from my view the newly signed Chelsea manager maurizio sarri is looking to build his own title challenging team and every player wants to be part of it not forgetting the coming African cup of nation which would mean mosses would have had to exit the London club and join the team for qualifiers which would intern put him at risk of injuries and dropping fitness  but now with international football out of the way he is able to fight for first team football.

Juventus & Croatia sticker Mario mandzukic is another star who has called it quits on his international career even though his age of 32 might be debated to be a little early Mandzukic would have still been needed by Croatia team for the euro 2020, With 89 caps to his name; Mandzukic said he had finally agreed to make the “impossible decision”. He said: “As much as the silver fills me with new energy, it makes it easier to make this impossible decision.”This month, as well as the arrival home, will remain the most important memory of my career.

Manchester city midfielder David Silva also retired from international football this week following Spain’s poor performance in the world cup 2018, at age 32 Silva has been in top form for both club and country he was a vital part of the squad that won the World Cup in 2010, and the European Championship in both 2008 and 2012. He  racked up 125 caps, netting on 35 occasions between 2006-2018 But he has called time on his international career after Spain were knocked out in Russia against the tournament hosts in the last-16

Others who have taken the same path include Gerald pique of Spain, Samir Nasri of France, Kelvin Prince Boateng of Ghana, among others.

 

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