Published: Mon, August 13, 2018
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Gerard Pique confirms retirement from Spain national team to focus on Barcelona

Gerard Pique confirms retirement from Spain national team to focus on Barcelona

Pique's retirement announcement does not come as a surprise as he had made a statement back in October 2016 that he would quit global football after the FIFA World Cup 2018, held in Russian Federation.

"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.

He scored five goals in 102 appearances during his nine year reign for La Roja - winning the 2012 UEFA European Championship.

Gerard Piqué has confirmed his global retirement after winning 102 caps for Spain. He had said that he was exhausted of repeated criticism and wished to be "left in peace". 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. "He called me and I told him the decision was taken a long time ago and that I had thought about it carefully".

Pique has often been booed by Spanish fans while playing for the national team due to his outspoken views on Catalonia, where he plays his club football for Barcelona. "Now I want to focus on Barça".

The reports also said there was no violence during the home invasion and Catalan police have opened an investigation fish out the perpetrators.

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