The former captain of the Colombian national team Mario Alberto Yepes, who led the national team in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, yesterday announced his retirement after 21 years of career.

"I thank to all those who supported me as a player, and now look at the horizon with the opportunities come, "said Yepes, in a press conference in Cali.

The ex-defense, 40, who played last December 2015 for Argentina's San Lorenzo, also played for teams in Colombia, France and Italy and won titles with Deportivo Cali, River Plate, Paris Saint Germain and Milan, plus the Cup America in 2001 with his selection.

The former player thanked the Colombian national team and all the technicians. "We are proud to have over a hundred games, I also thank all the people in Colombia, because I always felt unconditional support. For me it is very sad at this time to say goodbye to something I've done for 20 years, "he said.

Yepes said little about his future, but said that after his retirement as a player in football will continue to work on the technical, but has not decided which team.

"I have my technical degree and i will continue this thing that I love. Football will continue to set my life", he claimed.

As for his retirement from the selection, the Colombian ex-defense said "my idea was to BE ABLE and always say yes to the selection, and continue with that idea. I would have loved to be part of the process to the next world. "


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