Rafael Márquez is the Mexican player who played in the most World Cup tournaments — five altogether. He is also considered the best defender Mexico has ever exported. Throughout his career, he played for big names such as Barcelona, Monaco, and New York Red Bulls.
When he was 39 years old, like many, Márquez turned to coaching, and these days he is the head coach of the Spanish Barcelona Atlètic.
When you think of Robbem you think of fast dribbling and long-distance ball shots. He played in three World Cups representing The Netherlands with a total of six goals. Throughout his career, he played for the best, including Chelsea, Real Madrid, and Bayern Munich.
Arjen Robben retired twice. In 2019, he fled the game after a severe injury, however, returned for just seven games. Then, in July 2021, at the age of 37, he called it quits completely and is now not associated with soccer at all.
Some people read books, and some people read soccer games. Philipp Lahm was known as one of the best game readers, who could predict the next move. Nicknamed the "Magic Dwarf," he played in three World Cups, bringing the trophy home in 2014.
In 2014, he hung up his cleats, however, he didn't leave the industry completely. These days he is the German FA's tournament director for the future Euro tournament.
If you're going to participate in one World Cup tournament throughout your entire career, it better be a good one, and for Johann Cruyff, 1974 was a great one. He scored three goals and brought The Netherlands to the final.
Cruyff retired from kicking that ball in 1984, and he coached until 2013. In 2016, he sadly passed away after fighting another battle and unfortunately losing.
Robin Van Persie
Without a doubt, Robin Van Persie is one of the best strikers of his time. He is known for his unique technique and intelligent game. In 2006, 2010, and 2014 he played in the Dutch Uniform while playing for Manchester United, then moved to Feyenoord where he finally retired.
Van Persie didn't neglect soccer altogether and today he is holding his first management role as assistant manager at boyhood club Feyenoord. He is the all-time scorer for the Dutch team.