On Friday, ahead of our UEFA Super Cup match, Simão Sabrosa announced his retirement from the Portuguese national team.
The winger has represented his country on 85 occassions and scored 22 goals. He featured in all of Portugal’s games at the recent World Cup in South Africa.
Simão, now 30, managed to score on his debut for Portugal as a 19 year-old against Israel. He missed the World Cup in 2002 through injury, but was present at all other major tournaments since.
Along with Tiago, Simão was selected for Portugal’s upcoming fixtures against Cyprus and Norway.
Simão, who now will be able to focus even more on his performances for Atlético, told the president of the Portuguese FA that the time has come to make way for younger prospects.
“It was a tremendous honour and pleasure to wear the national team’s shirt and represent Portugal for all these years. But after long consideration I think this is the moment to retire and make way for the new generation of players.”
Atleti’s vice captain concluded by saying he’ll continue to support Portugal and wished them the best of luck in the future.