Thiago Silva of Chelsea has stated that he will retire from international competition before the 2026 World Cup, but he insists that he still wants to play.
Silva could only watch in despair as Croatia’s celebrations erupted after Marquinhos’ penalty attempt hit the base of the post, sending them into their second straight semi-final.
The defender quickly realized that this World Cup would most likely be his last chance to win the tournament as a player.
“It is difficult,” the Chelsea man said shortly after the shocking defeat. I’ve had some disappointments in my life, and it hurts a lot when we lose something important that we set out to achieve. But we must make an effort.
“Unfortunately, as a player, I will not be able to lift this trophy.” Who knows if I’ll get another chance in the future.”
Silva captained Brazil during their campaign in Qatar, but he’ll be 42 by the time the next World Cup rolls around, so he’s unlikely to play for Brazil again after that.
The World Cup would undoubtedly be Silva’s most prestigious award in his remarkable career.
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Silva’s international career appears to have ended in disappointment, but he isn’t slowing down at the club level. When the Premier League resumes on Boxing Day, he will be back at Chelsea.