Published: Sun, August 12, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Barcelona's Gerard Pique confirms retirement from worldwide football

Barcelona's Gerard Pique confirms retirement from worldwide football

Pique was rumoured to have been considering his future with his national side following Spain's last-16 defeat to Russian Federation in the World Cup earlier this summer.

The Barcelona defender made the announcement ahead of Sunday's Spanish Super Cup clash with Sevilla, revealing he had informed new national team boss Luis Enrique of his decision during a conversation between the pair.

Pique is the latest member of the great World Cup-winning Spanish side to quit the national team, following the likes of former Barcelona teammates Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta.

"I spoke to Luis Enrique a few days ago", he said during a press conference.

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He also played a key role in Spain's 2010 World Cup and 2012 European Championship success.

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

Pique declared his intention to quit worldwide football after the 2018 World Cup following a World Cup qualifier against Albania in October 2016, saying he was exhausted of repeated criticism from supporters and the media, and that he wished "to be left in peace". "Now I want to focus on Barca", he added.

"Playing for Spain was an awesome experience, and I was able to win the World Cup and the Euros". "I have a few years left here and I'm going to enjoy them a lot".

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