Barcelona defender, Gerard Pique, has retired from international football with the Spanish national team.
Pique, who won 102 caps for the La Furia Roja, announced on Saturday that he had informed the country’s new national team coach and his former Barcelona manager, Luis Enrique, of his decision.
He stated that he was proud to have been part of the team’s glorious era.
“I spoke with Luis Enrique and told him that my decision has been made,” Pique told the media.
“I had a really nice time with the Spain team, and I’m very happy to have been part of the success”, Pique told reporters ahead of Barcelona’s Spanish Super Cup clash with Sevilla on Sunday.
Pique made his debut in February 2009, starting in a 2-0 win over England on home soil, and went on to forge a highly successful central defensive pairing with Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos.
He was part of the successful squads that won the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012.
But in recent times, he has been embroiled in controversy over his support for the independence of the Catalonia region away from Spain.
He was massively booed by Spanish fans during the country’s 2018 World Cup qualifiers and friendly games ahead of the tournament for participating in the now annulled independence indpendence referendum.