Manchester United and France center-back, Raphael Varane has left his fans in shock after he announced his retirement from International soccer for France today. The former Real Madrid center-back was one of the most experienced members of the French National Team with 93 appearances and was a leader among the group.
Varane was pivotal for the French team’s World Cup winning campaign in 2018 and was also part of the team that recently lost a thrilling World Cup final to Argentina. He was tipped to be the next captain of the French team as Hugo Lloris had also announced his retirement after the World Cup.
Raphael Varane caught the eyes of the European coaches in 2011 while playing for Lens. Teams like Manchester United and Real Madrid were interested in Varane who was known for his speed and boasted all the qualities of the modern center-back. Varane went to Real Madrid in 2011 where he enjoyed much success and then joined Manchester United in 2021 and currently plays for them.
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Varane boasts of one of the most successful careers of his generation filling his trophy cabinet with numerous honors, the biggest of which is the World Cup. He won the UEFA Champions League 4 times with Real Madrid and was part of the famous Real Madrid team that won the UCL three times in a row, he also won 3 La Ligas. Varane also won the UEFA Nations League with France in 2021 but is yet to win any trophy with Manchester United.
Fans react to Raphael Varane’s retirement from International Soccer
Fans have been left in a state of shock after Varane announced his retirement, we went to Twitter to take a look at what the fans wrote:
A fan was full of appreciation for the French center-back and said that Varane was among the top defenders he has seen in soccer They further talked about his trophy-laden career with Real Madrid and France and that he could be pivotal for Man Utd for the next couple of years.
They wrote: “One of the best centers back that I have seen since I watch football. Wonderful career in Real Madrid and national team. I think that he can give two o three good years in Manchester.”
One of the best centers back that I have seen since I watch football.
Wonderful career in Real Madrid and national team. I think that he can give two o three good years in Manchester.
— Juanfran (@JuanfranJF98) February 2, 2023
Another fan drew a comparison between Varane and Chelsea defender Thiago Silva and said that he was better than Silva. Silva and Varane have both been the top defenders of their generation and the debate of who is better has always been among their fans.
They wrote: “Has an better career than thiago silva”
Has an better career than thiago silva
— Torgbuigà (@Mr_Ceyram) February 2, 2023
A fan voiced the feelings of every Raphael Varane fan as he talked about how his retirement at 29 is too early to retire as Varane can very easily play the next World Cup. But now that Varane has announced his retirement, his fans can only admire what he has achieved over the years.
They wrote: “Too early to retire.”
Too early to retire .
— DR ALASKA (@alaska_gh) February 2, 2023
Varane’s untimely retirement announcement has surely driven the emotions of fans across the globe but the defender can walk away from International soccer with his head held high having won the greatest honor in the sport.
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