Spain's Gerard Pique Announces International Retirement

Pique announces end of Spain career

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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.

"It was a attractive time with the national team in which I had the chance to win the World Cup and the European Championship".

Gerard Pique was part of the La Roja squad that got eliminated at the Round of 16 stage at the 2018 World Cup.

He remains a divisive figure within Spain, and has often been critical of Barca's club rivals Real Madrid. However, some reports claimed Pique was set to continue to play for La Roja after Luis Enrique, his former Barca manager, was appointed as Julen Lopetegui's permanent successor.

And despite the presence of former Barca boss Luis Enrique on the Spain bench, Pique has made a decision to call it a day.

"I spoke with Luis Enrique and told him that my decision has been made", Pique told the media.

'It was a handsome time with the national team in which I had the chance to win the World Cup and the European Championship.

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 am proud that I was part of all that success but now I want to focus on Barcelona, because I have many years left here and I want to enjoy them".

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