Ramos reveals the reason why Spain crashed out of World Cup

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Andres Iniesta described Spain's World Cup elimination on penalties on Sunday as the saddest day of his career as he confirmed his retirement from global football.

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas, who played with Iniesta at Barcelona and for Spain, added: "Andres doesn't deserve to go out like this".

The former Arsenal star said he could not understand how a team with so many players from Barcelona and Real Madrid have exited the competition so early.

Far from it: Iniesta described it as the saddest day of an global career that spanned 12 years and 131 caps.

That decision to make it public just a few days before Spain's first game in Russian Federation led to the national coach being fired from his position (the Rubiales call that won him this vote), replaced by Fernando Hierro. I leave with a bad taste in my mouth.

He was part of Spain's "golden generation" that won the European Championships in 2008 and 2012, and was also the scorer of the 116th minute winning goal in the 2010 World Cup final against the Netherlands.

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However, 32-year-old Ramos said he plans to keep adding to his tally of 156 senior worldwide caps, and told reporters in the Luzhniki stadium mixed zone that he was positive about the younger players coming through the ranks.

Iniesta also thanked the coaches and the Spanish Football Federation for their support throughout his global career and signed off by praising his family.

"Unfortunately, most times you do not win, but the loser is the one who wins before they beat him, the one who lowers his arms in the storm, the one who turns his back on the difficulty". They are without a coach and are soon set to be without numerous players that have been part of the furniture for so long. "(Spain) played badly, and didn't think it out... by the time the penalty shootout started this was a broken team lacking the desire to confront a challenge which owes a lot to luck but also to courage", the paper said.

"Now we need to analyse things and see what's best for the national team and the Federation".

"To [those who] supported, suffered and criticised us with respect, thanks", he said via a Twitter post.