Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev, who plays for the CSKA Moscow football club, said on Monday that he is quitting the national football team. Akinfeev was the captain of the Russian national team during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Also Read - Manchester City Preparing £15m Bid to Sign Lionel Messi During January Transfer Window: Report
“Each story has its own beginning and its end, and my story with the national team has come to its logical conclusion. It was a great honour for me to bring the Russian team to the domestic World Cup as its captain. To be honest, I never even dreamed of this. But it happened and probably became the peak of my career in the national team,” Akinfeev said, as quoted on the website of CSKA Moscow football club. Also Read - UEFA Champions League Draw: It's Messi vs Ronaldo Once Again as Barcelona Gets Drawn With Juventus in Group G
Akinfeev debuted in the Russian team in 2004. With 112 caps for the national team, he is second only to teammate Sergei Ignashevich, who quit the national team earlier in the year. In 2008, Akinfeev became a bronze medalist at the UEFA European Championship. Also Read - Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi? Most Admired Sportsman in The World Revealed
Earlier, Argentinean football legend Diego Maradona has suggested star striker Lionel Messi to no longer play for the national side. Reflecting on the reason behind the same, Maradona stated that the team always put the onus of failure on Messi which is “crazy”, Marca.com reported.