On Saturday, Joel Matip was at the heart of the Liverpool defence as the Reds lost 2-0 to Hull City. A day later, his country lifted their fifth Africa Cup of Nations title.
Matip was nowhere to be seen among the celebrating Indomitable Lions due to his decision to put club over country. During the time Cameroon were at AFCON in Gabon, Liverpool won just one game - an FA Cup replay with Plymouth Argyle.
The centre-back's decision to retire early from international football caused some hilarious responses on Twitter.
Joel Matip missed out on winning AFCON with Cameroon so he could lose to Swansea, Southampton, Wolves & Hull with Liverpool.
Hero. — I hate football (@AnfieldRd96) February 5, 2017
Joel Matip could have won the Africa cup with Cameroon but decided to stay at Liverpool and lose to Hull City — Mootaz (@MHChehade) February 5, 2017
Joel Matip sacrificed playing in AFCON final to enjoy the pleasure of getting beaten by Hull. Respect. — SJ (@sarahjayneeee_) February 5, 2017
Since moving from Schalke in the summer, Matip has made 15 league appearances for Jurgen Klopp's side, scoring one goal. After a hugely disappointing January, the Reds have fallen to fifth, 13 points behind leaders Chelsea.