Top 7 Footballers who came out of international retirement

Lillian Thuram (France)

He decided to take retirement in 2004 after France’s poor performance in the 2002 World Cup and Euro 2004 quarterfinals exit. But soon, with World Cup 2006 coming, the coach Raymond Domenech was able to change Thuram’s mind and made him come out of retirement.

Edwin van der Sar (Netherlands)

In a radio interview, the goalkeeper shared his intent about retiring after the EURO 2008 but due to the pressure from the coach Bert van Marwijk he decided to appear in the 2010 World Cup qualifications too.

Roy Keane (Republic of Ireland)

The Manchester United star’s star retirement/disagreement with the coach fumed the controversy known as The Saipan incident. Roy Keane would return to the camp in 2004 only after McCarthy’s resignation.

Wayne Rooney (England)

He announced his retirement in 2017. But he then returned to the international stage not for any competitive match but for a charity match. The match was his 120th and final appearance in the three lions’ jersey

Gianluigi Buffon (Italy)

He announced his retirement in 2017 but returned to the scene in 2018 against England and Argentina in international friendlies. Gigi gave his obligation to the duty and a tribute to David Astori as the reason for his return.

Zinedine Zidane (France)

Zidane went into retirement with other players like Thuram, Makelele and others. He was also convinced by the coach Raymond Domenech to return and lead the French squad in the 2006 World Cup

Lionel Messi (Argentina)

Leo Messi announced his retirement from the world stage after their defeat in the Copa America final in 2016 against Chile. he soon returned to lead the Albiceleste after fans begged for it

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