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:
Carlos Salcido officially announces his retirement from international football. Arguably Mexico's best player at World Cups '06 and '10.— Tom Marshall (@mexicoworldcup) August 29, 2014
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:
Salcido: The goal that most interests me is another World Cup, but I'm not going to make it and I have to step aside.— Tom Marshall (@mexicoworldcup) August 29, 2014
The 34-year-old Guadalajara defender and midfielder had a glittering career with El Tri, as shared by Fox Deportes' Eric Gomez:
Salcido stats: 124 matches with Mexico 10 goals 3 World Cups 3 Gold Cups (one title) 2 Confederations Cups 1 Olympic gold #GraciasSalcido— Eric Gómez (@EricGomezFOX) August 29, 2014
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:
Carlos Salcido was that Mexican footballer who demonstrated that with work, work, and more work everything is possible. #GraciasSalcido— Nayib Moran (@nayibmoran) August 29, 2014
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.