Edinson Cavani retires from Uruguay ahead of Copa América

Edinson Cavani has announced his retirement from playing for Uruguay, meaning he will not represent his country in this summer’s Copa América in the United States.

Cavani, 37, scored 58 goals in 136 appearances for Uruguay and was part of the team that won the 2011 Copa America title. His goal tally for Uruguay is second only to longtime teammate Luis Suárez (68).

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However, he has not played for Uruguay since they exited the 2022 World Cup in the group stage.

“My beloved Celeste, I just want to thank you for every lesson you gave me under your process,” Cavani wrote on social media.

“I won’t take long. Today my words are few but profound. Thanks to every single person who was a part of this road over the years. I was and always will be blessed to have worn this jersey representing what I love most in this world, my country.

“They were without doubt so many wonderful years. I have a thousand things to say, tell and remember, but I want to dedicate today to this new stage of my career and give everything I’ve got to where I’m supposed to be now.

“I have decided so step aside but with my heart still beating, as it was when it was my turn to take to the pitch wearing this beautiful jersey. Sending a strong embrace to all of my fans.”

Now at Boca Juniors, Cavani had a long career in Europe, most notably with Paris Saint-Germain where he scored 200 goals and was the club’s all-time top scorer before being surpassed by Kylian Mbappé last year.

Cavani also spent time with Palermo and Napoli in Italy before short spells with Manchester United and Valencia. He moved back to South America last year, joining Argentinian giants Boca Juniors.

Uruguay were drawn in a group with the U.S., Bolivia and Panama at the upcoming Copa America, which starts on June 20.

ESPN’s Mauro Diaz contributed to this report.