Gerard Pique Retires From Spain Duty
Gerard Pique has announced his international retirement from Spain duty.
Pique has accumulated 102 caps for his national team, a record that coincides with the most successful period in Roja history.
He earned his final international caps at this summer’s World Cup in Russia, where he played in all four of La Roja’s matches as they crashed out on penalties to the hosts in the Round of 16.
And despite the presence of former Barca boss Luis Enrique on the Spain bench, Pique has decided to call it a day.
“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.
“I have told this to Luis Enrique.”
Pique announced before the tournament he was planning to bring his international career to an end following this summer’s World Cup.
“It would make sense to leave it after the World Cup,” he had signalled.
“It has been a wonderful time and I have experienced amazing things, but sometimes you have to end cycles and you have to do that in the right fashion.”