Andres Iniesta announces his global retirement

Andres Iniesta retired from worldwide football last night after Spain crashed out of World Cup against Russian Federation. 'A marvellous spell is over.

Barcelona and Atletico Madrid follow just behind with 18 and 13, respectively, and the first Spaniard to ever find the net at a World Cup was none other than Athletic Club's Alejandro Irarragorri in 1934, the nation's debut appearance.

"It's bad, it's tough", he said.

"The critics don't matter so much; we are angry because we weren't capable of taking another step and we didn't rise to the occasion, despite trying everything".

Iniesta said he had no complaints about being left on the bench by coach Fernando Hierro, before being brought on during the second half.

'On a personal level, it wasn't my dream farewell, but these things happen in life'.




The host team won an astonishing upset victory over Spain by prevailing in a penalty shootout.

Putin did not attend the match in Moscow and it is not known if he will attend Russia's quarter-final.

Vladimir Putin called King Felipe VI of Spain after a FIFA World Cup Round of 16 match between the two national teams.

Spain captain Ramos, who said it was "very hard" to take his country's "painful" World Cup exit, did not address his own future plans but said he was sure his national side would be back competing for trophies at the next worldwide tournaments.

From 1950 to 1978 there was something of a goal drought for Spain at the biggest worldwide tournament with only two coming in 1962 in Chile and four in England's tournament held in 1966.

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