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Gerard Pique: Barcelona and Spain confirms global retirement

12 August 2018

Gerard Pique confirmed his retirement from global football on Saturday.

Gerard Piqué has confirmed his global retirement after winning 102 caps for Spain.

"I talked to [Luis Enrique] two weeks ago, I told him that the decision was made a while ago", said Pique, who made his global debut in a friendly in 2009.

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However, the former Manchester United defender insisted that he felt "fortunate for being a part of the national team during such a handsome and successful time" and said "the decision had already been made a long time ago and it was well thought out".

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

"Playing for Spain was an awesome experience, and I was able to win the World Cup and the Euros". 'I have a few years left here and I'm going to enjoy them a lot'.

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The 31-year-old, who has been outspoken about his support for Catalan independence, never enjoyed the same rapport with Spanish fans, who consistently booed him during practice sessions.

He was part of the Spain team that won their first World Cup in 2010, before adding the 2012 European Championship.

Lopetegui was dimissed by Spain on the eve of this summer's World Cup after it was announced he would be taking the job as Real Madrid manager immediately after the tournament in Russian Federation.

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Gerard Pique: Barcelona and Spain confirms global retirement