Emmanuel LANGELLIER, Media365: published on Wednesday September 21, 2022 at 08:46
A teammate of Cristiano Ronaldo, player of the selection of Portugal, retired from international football at only 29 years old to everyone’s surprise on Tuesday.
Stupor in Portugal! Football fans were seized by the announcement of an astonishing international retirement. Let’s calm down now, it’s not about the star of the selection Cristiano Ronaldo. No, the number 7, best player in history and captain of the Seleçao, has not decided to say stop two months before the World Cup in Qatar, even if he does not play much at Manchester United this season. . There is also no question of Bernardo Silva, an essential element of Portugal and current player of Manchester City after playing at AS Monaco.
A decision for personal reasons
The one who makes the news in the country of Benfica, Porto and Sporting is called Rafa Silva. To everyone’s surprise, the midfielder decided to give up the Portuguese national team at just 29 years old, after 25 selections. Rafa Silva simply couldn’t represent his country anymore. The Benfica player, author of 4 goals and 2 assists this season, clarified on the official website of the Portuguese Federation that it was “an honest and fair decision”. Rafa Silva also asked that “the reasons, of a personal nature, be respected by all”.
Silva, yet in great shape with his club, retired with Euro 2016 and the 2019 Nations League on the list. “I represented the national teams 40 times, helped win Euro 2016 and the Nations League and I will always be in the front row to support our team at all”, indicated the Portuguese, retained 15 times with the selections in young people. Rafa Silva now wants to devote himself “100% to Benfica” according to his agent Antonio Araujo who spoke to Portuguese radio Antena1. To replace Silva, Portuguese coach Fernando Santos called for the first time Gonçalo Ramos (21), Rafa Silva’s young partner at Benfica. Portugal must face the Czech Republic (Saturday in Prague) and Spain (Tuesday in Braga) in the Nations League.