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2014 World Cup: David Villa and the Top 5 Players Set to Retire Internationally

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David Villa and 5 Players to Say Goodbye

David Villa Retiring World Cup Players
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David Villa had a tearful goodbye at the end of Spain's match with Australia. He would've loved his last World Cup to end with another title, but it just did not happen. Luckily, Villa was able to leave one last mark by adding another goal to his all-time record with Spain. Here are the top 5 other players who will bid goodbye to their countries after their summer in Brazil.

5. Tim Cahill

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5. Tim Cahill

Tim Cahill Retiring World Cup Players

Tim Cahill, like David Villa, is his country's top scorer. Although, it hasn't been confirmed, he has hinted at retirement from the Socceroos. Cahill will be a hard player to replace, because he is the one to score the goals for Australia. Sadly, he was unable to play its last match of the tournament because of accumulated yellow cards.

4. Didier Drogba

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4. Didier Drogba

Didier Drogba Retiring World Cup Players

Didier Drogba is the captain and top scorer of the Ivory Coast national soccer team. He has been playing with the team since 2002 and helped it qualify and play for several World Cups. His extensive career with Chelsea FC brought his talent to light, and he will definitely be missed on a national level.

3. Tim Howard

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3. Tim Howard

Tim Howard Retiring World Cup Players

Tim Howard is one of the best goalkeepers in the world and one of the reason. the U.S. National Team has been able to win more matches. When signing his contract extension with Everton FC, Howard announced he'd retire in 2018. This will be the last we see of him in goal for the USMNT, but hopefully it continues to advance.

2. Andrea Pirlo

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2. Andrea Pirlo

Andrea Pirlo Retiring World Cup Players

Andrea Pirlo has played with the Italian national team since 2006. He played 3 World Cups and scored 13 goals as a midfielder throughout his career. Pirlo did announce his official retirement, and hopefully Italy will be able to stay in the tournament longer so he can enjoy his "swan song."

1. Steven Gerrard

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1. Steven Gerrard

Steven Gerrard Retiring World Cup Players

Steven Gerrard has been playing with England since 2000, and he is its current captain. Gerrard is a legend on his own, but he has announced his plan to call it quits. Unfortunately, it has been reported that Gerrard will not play in England's final match against Costa Rica. England has already been eliminated from the World Cup in group stage.