Russia’s veteran defender Ignashevich hangs up his boots

Sergey Ignashevich, 38-year-old central defender for CSKA Moscow and the national football team, has announced his retirement.

"Sergey Ignashevich has announced his retirement. Sergey, thanks for everything," the team said.

Later, Ignashevich wrote on his Instagram page: "I could not even imagine that my football career will end on such a high note. I’m proud of being a part of this team and of our football history for almost 20 years."

Ignashevich played in all of Team Russia’s five World Cup matches without being substituted.

Ignashevich made his national team debut on August 21, 2002 in the friendly game against Sweden. He holds the record of 127 games for the national team (including the 2012 Russia-Latvia friendly ahead of the UEFA Euro 2012, which did not receive the official status).

He scored 8 goals for the national team and the team qualify in the Euro 2008 seimifianls.

After the 2016 European Championship in France, Ignashevich quitted the national team, but returned ahead of the 2018 World Cup.

The Croatian national football team entered the semifinals of the 2018 World Cup knocking out hosts Russia in the quarterfinals match on Saturday in Sochi with the 4-3 penalty shootout win following 2-2 draw in the regular and 30-minute overtime period.

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