Spain and Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has confirmed his retirement from Spanish team just before the new season. After playing 102 games for the national side, the 31 year old center back decided to end his national career but to continue club duty.
Pique Confirmed Retirement From Spain
Gerard Pique won Spain’s first ever World Cup and two European Championship titles in 2008 and 2012. He was one of the most used defender during La Roja dominance from 2008 to 2012.
About his retirement, he said “I have had a really good time, with a European Championship and a World Cup, but that story is at an end. I have told this to Luis Enrique.“
Before the beginning of Russia World Cup 2018, he has hinted that it would be his last major tournament with the national team.
Luis Enrique, who is the new head coach of Spain will guide his team in the UEFA Nations League without Gerard Pique. He has now joined Andres Iniesta who also said goodbye to Spain’s national team.
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However, he will continue his career with Barcelona. The Catalan club will play the Supercopa de Espana on this Sunday against Sevilla to kick-off their new season.
On Saturday, Pique said “I spoke to Luis Enrique a few days ago. He called me and I told him the decision was taken a long time ago and that I had thought about it carefully.“
“It was a beautiful time with the national team in which I had the chance to win the World Cup and the European Championship. Now I want to focus on Barca. I have a few years left here and I’m going to enjoy them a lot.“