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Iran's Sardar Azmoun announces international retirement after World Cup abuse

Iranian Messi’ Azmoun retires from international football at age 23 says insults made mother ill World Cup 2018: Sardar Azmoun retires from playing for Iran at 23
Cary Erickson | 01 July, 2018, 20:46

The Rubin Kazan striker has had enough.

Celtic target Sardar Azmoun has announced his retirement from worldwide football with Iran today, after criticism of his performances at the World Cup.

Iran's Sardar Azmoun reacts after World Cup match against Morocco on June 15 2018 in Saint Petersburg.

However, he drew a blank in Russian Federation as Iran finished third in Group B behind the heavyweight pair of Spain and Portugal.

Sardar Azmoun featured in all three games and, as a forward, had some clashes with the likes of Gerard Pique, Pepé and Sergio Ramos.

The fallout of Iran's exit was that he along with his teammates were roundly abused by fans and some of that abuse has been unsavory.

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"My mind, my personality and my pride do not allow me, " to wear the Iranian national team shirt again, Ghoochannejhad said in his Instagram statement.

FILE PHOTO: Iran's Sardar Azmoun (centre) line up before World Cup match against Portugal on June 25 2018 in Saransk. "Unfortunately. I have come to the decision to say goodbye to my national team".

'My mother had overcome a serious illness and I was happy, ' he continued, 'but unfortunately because of the unkindness of some people - and the insults that me and my team-mates in no way deserved - her illness has become severe.

He says this put him in a hard position between global football and his mother. Azmoun is just 23, but announced his decision to retire from global competition on Thursday.

The World Cup returns on Saturday with the Round of 16.