Rafa Marquez planning to retire after World Cup in Russia

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The 2018 World Cup will likely be the end of an era for the Mexico national team.

Mexico captain Rafa Marquez, who made his professional debut in 1996 and has played with the national team since the following year, is planning to call it quits.

"My idea is to get to the World Cup and maybe retire from there," he told Sputnik Mundo "For sure I'll still be in professional football, I don't know how, as a coach or director, but as a player I'll end my career after the World Cup."

The 38-year-old has played in four World Cups and wore the captain's armband for El Tri in at least one game at each World Cup at which he's played. Despite his age, he continues to be a key player for both club and country, though a back injury suffered in a World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica in March sidelined him until this month.

If Marquez is able to play in the 2018 tournament, he'll become just the second Mexican to do so. Famed goalkeeper Antonio "Tota" Carbajal played at least one match in every World Cup from 1950-1966.

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