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Why is Edinson Cavani not playing for Uruguay against Brazil in the quarter-finals of the 2024 Copa America?

Boca Juniors striker Edinson Cavani is missing from the Uruguayan national team squad for the entire 2024 Copa America, including the highly anticipated quarter-final match against Brazil. Here's why.

Edinson Cavani of Uruguay celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during a match between Uruguay and Panama.
© Ernesto Ryan/Getty ImagesEdinson Cavani of Uruguay celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during a match between Uruguay and Panama.

Uruguay led Group C with a perfect record and secured a 1-0 victory over the United StatesHowever, they will have to do without their historic goalscorer Edinson Cavani for the game against Brazil.

Edinson Cavani is Uruguay’s second best goalscorer with 58 goals in 136 games behind Luis Suárez and is the Uruguayan player with the highest number of World Cup participations (17).

Despite a strong squad with strikers like Luis Suarez and Darwin Nunezit is surprising that managers Marcelo Bielsa did not include one of Uruguay's most legendary players in the team.

Edinson Cavani out for quarter-final match against Brazil

Edinson Cavani will not play in the quarter-finals of the Copa America 2024 against Brazil because he resigned from the national team on May 30just a few weeks before the start of the tournament.

Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani of Uruguay sing the national anthem before a match between Brazil and Uruguay. Buda Mendes/Getty Images

Cavani announced his retirement from international football via social media: “There have undoubtedly been many precious years, I have a thousand things to say, to tell and to remember, but today I want to dedicate myself to this new phase of my career and give everything I have to be where I need to be. Today I decide to retire, but I will always follow you with a pounding heart, just like when I had to go out on the field with that beautiful jersey.”

He concluded: “Thank you to every single person who has been with me on this journey for so many years. I have been and will always be blessed to be able to wear this jersey to represent what I love most in the world: my country.”

Gianni Taina

Gianni Taina is a bilingual journalist fluent in English and Spanish, specializing in soccer, the NBA and tennis. He began his professional career in 2020 at Mundo Deportivo US, where he took his first steps as a writer. Gianni has covered major sporting events such as the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, the NBA Finals and Grand Slam tournaments such as Roland Garros. His ability to report on real-time events and write under pressure has made him a valuable member of a top-notch team of journalists. In 2024, he joined Bolavip US, where he covers a wide range of sports, including European soccer, MLS and the NBA. Gianni graduated in Communication from Deportea in Buenos Aires, Argentina.