International football lost another great performer to retirement on Friday, as Mexico's Carlos Salcido confirmed his career with El Tri is officially over.
ESPN FC's Tom Marshall shared the news via Twitter:
Salcido elaborated on his decision to retire from international football, via Marshall, explaining he felt he would be unable to make Mexico's squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia:
The 34-year-old Guadalajara defender and midfielder had a glittering career with El Tri, as shared by Fox Deportes' Eric Gomez:
Salcido's versatility and high work rate made him a favourite among Mexican fans when he first emerged on the international stage in 2004. He quickly established himself as a key contributor for the squad.
Despite usually playing in a defensive position, Salcido's ability to shoot from distance and his tireless energy often led to the Olympic gold medalist finding himself in scoring positions, something he always took full advantage of.
His most successful time on the club level came during his stint with Dutch side PSV Eindhoven, but his European career was relatively short-lived, as Salcido returned to Mexico in 2011.
Never the most physically gifted athlete (he was always considered short for a defender), his work ethic is what set him apart from other players, as shared by Soccerly.com's Nayib Moran:
Coach Miguel Herrera didn't lean heavily on Salcido during the 2014 World Cup, and at the age of 34, it is unlikely he would have received a call-up for the next World Cup in 2018.
Salcido won Olympic gold with El Tri in 2012 and the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2011.