Zagreb: Mario Mandzukic is retiring from international football after 11 years with Croatia’s national team, with his decision coming a month after he scored in the World Cup final.
The 32-year-old Mandzukic made the announcement on Tuesday on Instagram.
In an emotional farewell message, Mandzukic said the decision was made easier after Croatia reached the World Cup final in Russia.
“We lived our dream, made a historic result and felt the love of our fans,” Mandzukic said.
“There’s no ideal time for departure,” Mandzukic added. “If we could, I believe we all would play for Croatia as long as we live because there is no bigger pride than that. However, I feel that for me that moment is now. That I gave my best and that I contributed to the biggest success in Croatian football.”
Mandzukic, who plays for Italian club Juventus, has played 89 games for Croatia, scoring 33 goals — trailing only Davor Suker’s national record of 45. He played at two World Cups and three European Championships.