De Gea speaks up on World Cup exit

Heavy favorites Spain still offer plenty of ways to make money

"Sometimes, the end does not happen the way you dreamed it would, and is instead marked by the circumstances".

Sunday's result capped a hard tournament for Spain.

The 34-year-old made his Spain debut in May 2006 and went on to appear 133 times for his nation, scoring 13 goals - one of which was the victor in the 2010 World Cup Final. "I would have taken winning the group, playing as we played", he said. "I feel obliged to reach Qatar with a white beard".

"The coach is the one who makes the decision, beyond whether one agrees or not", Iniesta said. "The coach understood that it was better that way".

Andres Iniesta has confirmed his worldwide retirement by saying "now is the time to step aside" after Spain were knocked out of the World Cup. The important thing that we find the way to success, it's not easy. We will be back at big tournaments again.

"It's the best gift ever", the groom, who is a soccer fan and amateur player himself, said.

Sergei Ignashevich became the oldest scorer of an own goal in World Cup history when the 38-year-old gave Spain an early lead at the Luzhniki Stadium.

Ronaldo and Messi out
But his teamamate, Javier Mascherano , confirmed his retirement after a record 147 matches for Argentina . Less than two months later he reversed that decision. "On a personal level it is a great frustration".

"The big" Spain was flattened by Russian Federation after the home team scored a penalty at the expense the Spanish goalkeeper, David De Gea, whose performance at the global tourney was again questioned as he did not stop even a single shot.

Koke's third penalty for Spain was saved by Igor Akinfeev who then saved Iago Aspas's final shot.

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".

De Gea also made a bad error in a pre-World Cup friendly against Switzerland, and the goalkeeper will want to quickly restore his reputation with United when the 2018-19 campaign begins. It was not to be.

"The critics don't matter so much; we are angry because we weren't capable of taking another step and we didn't rise to the occasion, despite trying everything. But in the end, we are the ones who have the ball".

"But I hope we have proved that they can believe in us and we do represent the country".

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