Andres Iniesta retires from worldwide football after 2018 World Cup exit

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The illusion and will to continue are total but I've always said that I will do what is best for the national team.

A part of the Spanish side that dominated world and European football as they won a trio of major trophies on the trot (2008 Euro, 2010 World Cup and 2012 Euro), Iniesta was universally regarded as the finest midfielder on the planet at his peak.

Spain captain Ramos, who said it was "very hard" to take his country's "painful" World Cup exit, did not address his own future plans but said he was sure his national side would be back competing for trophies at the next worldwide tournaments. "I would have taken winning the group, playing as we played", he said.

Even the team's commitment was questioned after Jorge "Koke" Resurreccion, who missed one of the penalties in the shootout, had said players didn't watch numerous World Cup games in part because they interfered with the siesta, Spain's traditional nap time.

Fabregas told BBC Sport after seeing Fernando Hierro's side dominate possession during the first half of a last-16 clash with Russian Federation but go in at half-time level at 1-1 "They're using the ball, I'm a big fan of tiki-taka, the lovely game, but nothing's happening".

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"We have achieved great success, things that we all dreamed of when we were young, but we have also had great disappointments and we have experienced very hard moments". We have big things to achieve ahead, ' Herrera said. I am leaving this World Cup with a bad pain.

Spain joined fellow big guns Argentina, Portugal and Germany in exiting the World Cup, but Iniesta believes the future for the Spain team is bright.

Writing on his personal Instagram, Ramos said: "With Real Madrid it was a season with lows, that is certainly true, but also one great high".

"I spoke with every player individually more than I had in the past and I had to explain to them why, where, what, and it has worked out as you see". All my board of directors gave me unanimous support, we are very calm.

"Russia had a plan, which was exactly that", he said.

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