As is well known, every football player in the world now has a national team, and many of them represent their countries in various international games or events, leaving their clubs to answer the nation’s call. Some players, however, are unable to represent their country for various reasons.
Many players have made the decision not to play for their national team again, and as a result, they will only be playing club football until the conclusion of their career.
Naturally, some players retire from international competition due to their advanced age and the fact that they have won numerous titles for their national team. Other players, on the other hand, have resigned from international competition for reasons that are well known to them.
Some of the players who retired from international games did so relatively early in their careers, and as a result, some of them have yet to achieve anything for their country.
Hakim Ziyech announced his retirement from the national team following his exclusion from the recently finished Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament.
He was left out of his country’s team because he had a bad relationship with Vahid Halilhodzic, the coach of his national team.
This made him decide to stop competing internationally, even though he was only 28 years old. As a result, a player’s early retirement from his national team signifies a lot.
Other players, in addition to Ziyech, have retired early from their national teams, and we will be looking at some of these players and the ages at which they retired.
1. Toni Kroos-retired when he was 31 years old.
2. Gerard Pique-retired when he was 31 years old.
3. Mesut Ozil-retired when he was 29 years old.
4. Philipp Lahm—retired when he was 30 years old.
5. Paul Scholes-retired when he was 29 years old.
6. Franck Ribery-retired when he was 31 years old.
7. Hakim Ziyech-retired when he was 28 years old.
Hakim Ziyech’s retirement at the age of 28, as compared to others, makes him the youngest player to have retired from international games in football history.