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Official: Real Madrid quartet named in Brazil squad for Copa America 2024



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With the Copa America set to kick off in a little over a month in the USA, Brazil manager Dorival Junior has announced the squad list for the tournament.

And, as many as four Real Madrid players make the Selecao squad list for the prestigious South American competition that will be played this summer.

Real Madrid superstar Vinicius Jr. was always a guarantee to be picked given his form and importance for the Brazil national team, especially with no Neymar in the picture.

Fellow Los Blancos forward Rodrygo Goes also makes the cut for Brazil, which is again not a surprise considering that the 23-year-old is a regular in the side.

Eder Militao, who has only recently returned from an injury and has only played a handful of matches, also makes the Brazil squad list for the Copa America.

Rounding off the list of Real Madrid players is Endrick, who is still at Palmeiras and will be arriving at the Santiago Bernabeu in the summer, once he turns 18.

The teenage striker scored in his last two appearances for Brazil against England and Spain and is worthy of a spot in the squad.

The Copa America will be an important tournament for Vinicius Jr. in particular as a good run there could guarantee him the Ballon d’Or.

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Toni Kroos opens up on retirement decision – ‘I am sad at the moment’



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Real Madrid have the opportunity to make this a historic season by lifting their 15th UEFA Champions League title.

But even in the event Madrid gets their hands on the trophy, the conclusion of the season will leave a bittersweet feeling as Toni Kroos is set to depart the club.

The German midfielder was urged to continue plying his trade in the Spanish Capital for another season since his timeless quality is yet to fade away, but Kroos remained firm on his decision.

Kroos opens up about retirement

Now, reflecting on his imminent departure from the club he has played 464 games with, Kroos has opened up about how the decision came about and his thought process.

“I am sad at the moment. Something that defined me, that gave so much fun and gave me so many positive memories is coming to an end,” Kroos professed on his podcast.

Kroos plays his final home game for Real Madrid tomorrow. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

However, he claims there is a slight silver lining about the news becoming public, as there is no more pressure on him to constantly answer questions about his future and focus solely on finishing his career in the best way possible.

“I am happy that the news is out. It is a relief because a lot of people were speculating and I didn’t feel like answering questions about my future all the time,” Kroos claimed.

The veteran midfielder adds that retiring was never a clear-cut decision as his emotions fluctuated frequently.

“Retiring was never a 100-0 decision. The feelings swing in other directions, in the days at the end it was maybe a 80-20 or 70-30 decision. And that 30% is what makes you feel something,” he said.

Furthermore, Kroos reveals that he shared the news of his retirement to Ancelotti first and foremost, then relayed his decision to his teammates.

“I told Carlo [Ancelotti] first that I’m retiring. Then the club, then Luka [Modric], Fede [Valverde], Lucas [Vazquez]…” he exclaimed.

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