Mexican midfielder Andrés Guardado retires after five World Cup appearances

Mexican soccer star Andrés Guardado hangs up his boots, culminating a 16-year career with five World Cups and three Gold Cup victories.

With 16 years of service and five World Cups participations, Mexican midfielder Andrés Guardado announced his retirement from the Mexican national soccer team.

“I had already said it some time ago, but I had not stopped to say thank you for everything I have experienced in these 16 years with the Mexican National Team! … It is impossible to express in words how grateful and privileged I feel! … Heartfelt thanks to everyone who accompanied me and I was lucky enough to share moments during this beautiful dream ! …. All my teammates, the different coaching staffs, all the staff people who are a very important part of the day to day and of course, all the loyal fans who accompanied me during all these years and now I am one more of you,” wrote the player on his Instagram account.

Andrés Guardado’s track record

Guardado, a product of Atlas de Guadalajara, appeared in Ricardo Lavolpe’s national team in 2005. He played in Germany, South Africa, Brazil, Russia, and Qatar. He won three Gold Cups, played 118 matches, and scored 28 goals.

He shared the captain’s badge with other historic players such as Guillermo Ochoa and Rafael Márquez. His last game was against Argentina in the last World Cup. He played 42 minutes in the 2-0 defeat.