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Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Croatia Ace Mario Mandzukic Retires From International Football

Croatia Striker, Mario Mandzukic has announced his retirement from international football.

Mandzukic was key for Croatia in Russia as the country reached the final of the 2018 World Cup.

The 32-year-old scored thrice for Zlatko Dalic's team in Russia after ending the group stages with 9 points from three matches.

He is also Croatia's joint-second top goal scorer behind Legend, Davor Suker.

Mandzukic confirmed his retirement with a message on his official Twitter account which read:

“World Cup silver has given me new energy, but it has also made this incredibly difficult decision a bit easier.

“We have made our dreams come true, achieved a historic success, and experienced an unbelievable fan support.

“That month, including the welcome in Zagreb, Slavonski Brod, and the entire Croatia, will remain the most important memory of my career. This has been the most beautiful national team journey, and my favourite return to the homeland.

“I am more than happy, fulfilled, and extremely proud of this silver, that has been forged through years, through pain, effort, work, disappointment, and difficult moments.”

He added: “There is no ideal moment to retire. If possible, we would all play for Croatia until we die, since there is no prouder feeling, but I feel this moment has come for me – now. I’ve given my best for Croatia, I have contributed to the biggest success of Croatian football.”

Mandzukic made his senior debut for Croatia in 2007.

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