Barcelona's Pique announces global retirement from Spain
13 Августа, 2018, 08:32 | Author: Thomas Hicks
Gerard Pique confirmed his retirement from worldwide football on Saturday.
"Playing for Spain was an awesome experience, and I was able to win the World Cup and the Euros".
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has confirmed he will not play again for the Spanish national team despite his former Barca coach Luis Enrique being appointed as coach.
His decision to hang his global boots after being quoted by BBC saying he was exhausted of criticism and wanted "to be left in peace".
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique confirmed on Saturday that he is retiring from worldwide football despite former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique appointed as Spain's new coach after the sacking of Julen Lopetegui, who now manages Real Madrid.
The 31-year-old made the last of his 102 worldwide appearances in Spain's World Cup last-16 loss to Russian Federation.
Among the centre-back's global honours are the 2010 World Cup and a Euro 2012 winner's medal.
"I talked to him (Enrique) a week or two ago".
However, the former Manchester United defender insisted that he felt "fortunate for being a part of the national team during such a lovely and successful time" and said "the decision had already been made a long time ago and it was well thought out".
Pique has accumulated 102 caps for his national team, a record that coincides with the most successful period in Roja history. "Now I want to focus on Barça". 'I have a few years left here and I'm going to enjoy them a lot'.
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