Gerard Piqué confirms the end of his Spain career

Ruben Hill
August 12, 2018

A Spain World Cup victor has confirmed his retirement from worldwide football.

The outspoken Barcelona-born defender has never enjoyed the same rapport with Spain supporters as his worldwide team mates, and he has often been booed at games due to his repeated jibes at Real Madrid and his support for a referendum on Catalan independence.

The 31-year-old defender says he told the new Spanish coach Luis Enrique that the recent World Cup was his last tournament with the national side following a career which consisted of 102 appearances.

'I spoke to Luis Enrique a few days ago.

Speaking ahead of Sunday's Spanish Super Cup match against Sevilla, the 31-year-old explained that he meant to dedicate the rest of his playing career to his club.

Pique said "the decision had already been made a long time ago and it was well thought out".

"I'm very happy to have participated in all these successes, but now I want to focus on Barca".

Among the centre-back's worldwide honours are the 2010 World Cup and a Euro 2012 winner's medal.

"I have had a really good time, with a European Championship and a World Cup, but that story is at an end", he told reporters on Saturday prior to Barcelona's Supercopa clash with Sevilla. "I have a few years left here and I'm going to enjoy them a lot".

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