World Cup

farewell

for legends of the game

Russia 2018 was the international swansong for some huge names...

Javier

Mascherano

World Cup debut:

10 June 2006

Argentina 2-1 Côte d'Ivoire

  • International debut:

17 July 2003 / Argentina 2-2 Uruguay

  • World Cup appearances

20 games / W12, D4, L4

  • Memorable moment

Last-ditch challenge against Arjen Robben in 2014 World Cup semi-final

Final game

for Argentina

30 June 2018

France 4-3 Argentina

Russia 2018 Round of 16

It's time to say goodbye. I hope that in the future these boys can achieve something.

Javier Mascherano, after announcing his international retirement

Keisuke

Honda

World Cup debut:

14 June 2010

Japan 1-0 Cameroon

(Honda scored in the 39th minute)

  • International debut:

22 June 2008 / Japan 1-0 Bahrain

  • World Cup appearances

11 games / 4 goals / W3, D3, L5

  • Memorable moment

Scored match-winner on World Cup debut against Cameroon

Final game

for Japan

2 July 2018

Belgium 3-2 Japan

Russia 2018 Round of 16

We have a lot of good young players. Now it's their turn to write the history of Japanese football.

Keisuke Honda, after announcing his international retirement

Andres

Iniesta

World Cup debut:

23 June 2006

Saudi Arabia 0-1 Spain

  • International debut:

27 May 2006 / Spain 0-0 Russia

  • World Cup appearances

14 games / 2 goals / W8, D3, L3

  • Memorable moment

Scored winning goal in 2010 World Cup Final

Final game

for Spain

1 July 2018

Spain 1-1 Russia AET (3-4 PSO)

Russia 2018 Round of 16

Everything has a beginning and an end. Sometimes not all farewells are as you expect, as you wish.

Andres Iniesta announcing his international retirement

Rafael

Marquez

World Cup debut:

3 June 2002

Croatia 0-1 Mexico

  • International debut:

5 February 1997 / Mexico 3-1 Ecuador

  • World Cup appearances

20 games / 3 goals / W8, D4, L8

  • Memorable moment

Became only third player to appear at five World Cups, by playing v Germany

Final game

for Mexico

2 July 2018

Brazil 2-0 Mexico

Russia 2018 Round of 16

For now I think I will enjoy some free time. My future will surely be working in football.

Rafael Marquez announcing his international retirement

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