Host Country Brazil suffered an embarrassingly brutal loss to this year’s World Cup Winner — Germany. After what many around the world deemed not a match or game, but a slaughter, Brazil’s striker Frederico Chaves Guedes has announced his retirement from international football.
At 30 years old, Fred started in all six of Brazil’s games in the World Cup tournament, but only managed to sneak one past Cameroon’s keeper in the group knockout stage. Exiting the field after the humiliating 7-1 loss to the Germans brought the performance of their head coach, Luiz Felipe Scolari, and a handful of the team’s finest players into question.
For Fred, who has 15 goals and 33 caps under his belt, retirement was the best route to take, telling Brazilian media “For me, the Selecao is finished.”
He should maybe start considering his retirement options since it could be hard for the football player to find a job after the embarrassing display in the semifinal game. Perhaps he would be better at creating a goal for his long-term annuities as opposed to making a shot on goal.
The striker currently plays club football for Fluminense of Rio De Janeiro, and began his sporting career with Americo Maneiro before playing for France’s Ligue 1.
Other players were not as vehement about their retirement or future football careers. Scolari, for example, stated that he would base his decisions on how well he performs at the Brazilian FA. His team suffered back-to-back defeats for the first time since 1940.
“It is up to the president to decide. We will hand in a final report and then leave it to him to analyze what needs to be done,” he said.
For other players, purchasing annuities for retirement may not be the way to go, but a structured settlement might do them good. The injury list was extensive at this year’s World Cup, with Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, England’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku all suffering some type of injury before or during the tournament.
Hopefully another four years will be enough time for Fred to fully analyze his retirement decision.