Former Barcelona defender Rafa Marquez refuses to retire

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Mexican centre back Rafa Marquez has refused to accept retirement, and instead has told his club he has a lot more to offer, according to Record.

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Marquez, who currently plays for Verona in Italy’s Serie A, made 163 appearances and scored nine goals for Barcelona between 2003 and 2010. They signed him from Monaco, where he spent four years.

After Barcelona, he enjoyed a brief spell in the USA, before returning to Mexico with Leon and helping the side win back to back league titles.

Now 36, the player was Mexico captain in the last World Cup and will once again captain the country in this summer’s Copa America (though Mexico’s ‘A’ team will play in the Gold Cup).

He joined Verona at the start of last season and has played 24 games for them this term.

In the same interview, Marquez mentioned his hoped his old club beat Juventus in the Champions League Final.

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