Rafa Silva retires from Portugal due to personal reasons
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Rafa Silva retires from Portugal due to personal reasons

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The 2022 Qatar World Cup is about to open, but 29-year-old Benfica striker Rafa Silva announced his retirement from the Portugal national team, citing “personal reasons”.

So far this season, Rafa Silva has always maintained an excellent competitive state, scoring 6 goals and sending 4 assists in 13 games for Benfica. The player has therefore been called up by the national team coach Santos and is almost certain to be selected for Portugal’s World Cup squad.

Retirement decision for personal reasons

“I will no longer play for the national team,” Rafa Silva confirmed to Portuguese news agency LUSA. “I have informed Fernando Santos and the Portuguese Football Federation today.”

He also asked “everyone to respect the choice he made based on personal reasons” and believed that “it was an honest and correct decision.”

FPF thanks Rafa Silva

Rafa Silva’s request to retire has been approved by the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF). The Portuguese Football Federation declared that they “respect Rafa’s decision” and said: “Rafa will always be one of our members and he will be recognized and appreciated by us.”

Since being selected for the national team for the first time in 2014, Rafa Silva has played 25 times and provided 4 assists for the Portugal team,

Since being selected for the national team for the first time in 2014, Rafa Silva has played 25 times and provided 4 assists for the Portugal team, winning one European Cup (2016) and one UEFA Europa League title (2018) with the team as a starter.

Gonzalo Ramos

After Rafa Silva withdrew from the national team, his club teammate and 21-year-old Benfica striker Gonzalo Ramos were recruited by Portugal coach Fernando Santos. Gonzalo Ramos has been selected for Portugal for the first time in his career, and he will face the Czech Republic and Spain in the UEFA Europa League group stage within a week.

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