Icelandic handball player Ólafur Stefánsson confirmed to RÚV yesterday that he has decided to stop playing for the national team in men’s handball.
Ólafur Stefánsson playing golf. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
Ólafur is considered by many to be the best handball player in the world. He is also reportedly the highest paid in the sport.
Yesterday, when Ólafur confirmed the decision, exactly 20 years had passed since he made his debut for Iceland in a friendly against Egypt. Over the years, he has played 329 internationals and scored 1,562 goals.
During his career, Ólafur helped the team win the silver at the 2008 Olympics and the bronze at the 2010 European championships.
Since the team’s loss to Hungary in the quarter-finals of the London Games last summer, which ended Iceland’s Olympic bid, there have been rumors that he would quit but they were not confirmed until yesterday.
Ólafur is currently without a team, after AG Copenhagen filed for bankruptcy.