Barcelona defender Gerard Pique confirms worldwide retirement

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique retires from Spain duty

Spain also lost the services of Pique's Barcelona teammate Andres Iniesta, who announced his global retirement in July.

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has confirmed his retirement from worldwide duty with Spain.

Pique declared his intention to quit global 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".

His expected decision comes despite former Barca boss Luis Enrique having since been appointed Spain's manager.

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

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"He called me and I told him that my decision was made some time ago".

The Barcelona man is one of 13 players to have reached a century of caps for Spain and was a key player in their victories at the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012.

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

Pique made the announcement ahead of Sunday's Spanish Super Cup match against Sevilla and said that he wants to focus his remaining years playing football with Barcelona.

The 31-year-old defender says he told the new Spanish coach Luis Enrique that the recent World Cup was his last tournament with the national side following a career which consisted of 102 appearances.

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