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Paraguay World Cup great Carlos Gamarra, 47, could come out of retirement

Former Paraguay international Carlos Gamarra could make a sensational return to football at the age of 47 -- 11 years after announcing his retirement.

Gamarra -- who won 110 caps for Paraguay and was named in FIFA's Team of the Tournament at the 1998 World Cup -- played for Benfica, Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan as well as various teams in Brazil and Argentina in a career which spanned from 1991 to 2007.

Rubio Nu technical director Juan Sosa believes the Copa Paraguaya has been "devalued" and claimed that bringing back the popular Gamarra would help improve the competition -- adding that the central defender is better than most currently playing in the country.

"It is true that I want Carlos Gamarra to play in the [next] Copa Paraguaya match [against Oriental]," Sosa told Radio Monumental. "The tournament has become devalued.

"We are playing for 25kg of ice and 20 bottles of water -- it is a joke. For this, I want to give more importance to the cup and for Gamarra to play for our team. He runs 12 to 15km per day. He is better than any player in the Primera Division."

Despite Sosa's desire for Gamarra to participate in the clash with Oriental on Aug. 21, it is unclear whether Rubio Nu would be allowed to register new players for the Copa Paraguaya before January.

Such was Gamarra's reputation as a player that, back in 2002, Inter striker Christian Vieri claimed he told the club's board he, Ronaldo and Alvaro Recoba would all be willing to take pay cuts in order to facilitate the arrival of Alessandro Nesta -- but the Nerazzurri opted for Gamarra instead.


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