Man City ace David Silva announces global retirement: We'll never forget Aragones

David Silva

Silva's announcement follows on from the worldwide retirement of centre-back Gerard Pique last week.

He joins the likes of former Barcelona star Andreas Iniesta and defender Gerard Pique who also recently announced their retirement from global duty.

The 31-year-old made the last of his 102 global appearances in Spain's World Cup last-16 loss to Russian Federation.

"It has been days and weeks of reflection and analysis to take the decision to end my era in the Spanish national team", wrote Silva in an open letter on his Twitter account on Monday.

"It has not been easy, after all I've experienced, to write these lines", Silva wrote in a social media post. Without a doubt it is one of the hardest decisions in my career'.

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Silva represented his country on 125 occasions, scoring 35 times in an global career that spanned 12 years. I leave with pride after playing 125 games and scoring 35 goals in a 12-year spell where we lifted the World Cup and two European Championships. I have lived and dreamed with a team that will be remembered forever.

"I would like to thank my teammates, all of the coaches who believed in me and the staff of the RFEF who have always strived to make life easy for us".

"The National Team has given me everything and taught me how to grow from the youth squads to the senior side".

Silva will now focus exclusively on his City duties, with Pep Guardiola's side aiming to successfully defend their Premier League title.

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