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Footballers Who Came Out Of International Retirement

Footballers Who Came Out Of International Retirement

By Keegan Kruger - Feb 27, 2018 08:00 PM @KeeganKruger

After retiring from national team duty last year, Italy legend Gianluigi Buffon could follow in Benni McCarthy and Lionel Messi's footsteps and make a complete U-turn on his international retirement. Here are some other players who famously came back from retirement to play for their countries again.

Tired of reading? Click through the gallery above to see 10 stars who came out of international retirement in their career, according to The Independent. 

The 40-year-old Buffon announced his retirement after Italy's shock defeat to Sweden in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying play-offs, which ultimately saw them fail to qualify for the tournament.

However, Luigi Di Biagio, Italy's caretaker coach, has since revealed that he expected Buffon to rethink his decision, which the goalkeeper eventually did, making himself available for the Azzurri's matches against Argentina and England in March.

"I feel a sense of responsibility at this time of transition for our national team," Buffon told Italia 1's Tiki Taka.

"There will be two important friendly matches. I thought about going on holiday with my family, but if the national team needs me, I have to answer that I am ready and I cannot desert.

"I do this for loyalty and responsibility, without thinking about what will be my future.

"The players who have experience at the moment could be useful against Argentina and England."

Albiceleste superstar Lionel Messi retired from national team duty after losing two Copa America finals in a row against Chile. The 29-year-old then turned back on his decision two months later and revealed that it was frustration that led him to make the impulsive decision to quit.

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According to The Independent, other stars who have come out of international retirement to play for their countries again include Benni McCarthy, Zinedine Zidane, Diego Maradona, Asamoah Gyan, Andrea Pirlo, Samuel Eto'o, Fred and Paul Scholes.

Are you surprised Buffon was asked to come out of international retirement? Have your say in the comments section below. 


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murendeni joe Joined: 20 Feb 2015
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murendeni joe Feb 27, 2018 09:38 PM
Most of them they use emotions when they retire that's y the consider to come back from retirement @ later stage
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vijjox Feb 27, 2018 08:41 PM
Good u turn

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