Contrary to the initial statement issued by the FCF, the Serbian-based forward has openly stated why he announced his blue shark retirement.
Ricardo Gomez has explained his reasons for announcing his retirement from Cape Verde against Nigeria in Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier.
However, the 29-year-old has denied the allegations – confirming that he has announced his international retirement.
In a statement available to the media, Gomez – who lost the 1-1 draw against the Central African Republic – explained the situation, announcing his decision.
“It’s public information at the moment that I’m playing for the Partizan FK club that participates in the Serbian Championship. So, for those who know, a trip from Serbia to Cape Verde or any other African country where Our team plays for a long time with the effects of those who know from a long tour.
“However, over the years I have always respected calls, even in situations where it would be professionally advisable to reject or temporarily abandon our choices. Beyond professional ambitions and the ambitions of clubs that have all the intentions and goals that are responsible and the biggest investors in my professional career, all of them are in fulfillment of the dream of participating and helping in our country, by the way, I Has had a dream ever since I knew myself as a person.
“However, after the collective training for the match against the Nigerian national team, it was clear that my help was worthwhile at the moment, because despite the long journey from Serbia, it was clear that the technical team did not bring me first. Nor for the other team.
“It should be noted that two teams were formed in the above training. I was left out of the two. Well, considering my age as well as every obstacle in traveling to represent our team, I understand. There is no point in not being part of our selection of our team’s technical staff, and my vacancy should be filled with a young player who is currently starting his football career.
“I don’t want to blame anyone for my decision, very few staff who are part of the technical team and the FCF,” he added.
“Just a statement and a calm and thoughtful decision, listening to the people who helped me the most during my football career.
“The life of a player is what football is. You have to know how to position yourself consciously and thoughtfully before making decisions that go beyond us.
“Therefore, I announce my decision to withdraw immediately from my election, giving way to those who are waiting for the opportunity, saying that I am more proud than ever to represent my country.” No, I never will.
“I wish my team luck, and that we are all happy to be selected in the next World Cup. Thank you all very much.”
Since making his international debut in 2015, Gomez has gone on to score four goals in 16 games for Cape Verde.