Sardar Azmoun (born 1 January 1995) is a professional footballer who plays for Russian club Rubin Kazan as a forward.
Since making his debut for the national team in 2014, Azmoun has played in the 2015 AFC Asian Cup and the 2018 FIFA World Cup. He is also Iran’s all time fifth highest goalscorer.
Azmoun retired from International football at the age of 23 just after Iran’s 2018 World Cup exit due to heavy criticism he faced from fans. The criticism caused his mother’s illness to worsen and as a result, Azmoun chose to retire to be by his mother’s side. A possible return to the national team is unknown.
On 5 October 2013, Azmoun was called up to the national football team against Thailand by Carlos Queiroz.He was selected in 28-man provisional squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup by Queiroz but was one of five players being dropped from the final squad.
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