Gerard Pique confirms Spain retirement...despite approach from former coach Luis Enrique

39;Playing for Spain was an awesome experience.'

File image of Gerard Pique.

Even before the World Cup, Pique had hinted that Russian Federation 2018 would be his last major tournament as part of La Roja.

"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.

Pique has often been booed by Spanish fans while playing for the national team due to his outspoken views on Catalonia, where he plays his club football for Barcelona.

A Spain World Cup victor has confirmed his retirement from global football.

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

"I talked to [Luis Enrique] two weeks ago, I told him that the decision was made a while ago", said Pique, who made his worldwide debut in a friendly in 2009. Now I want to focus on Barca, ' he said.

His decision to hang his global boots after being quoted by BBC saying he was exhausted of criticism and wanted "to be left in peace".

The 31-year-old centre-half was part of the Spain team that won the country's first world title in 2010 and was also a starter in the UEFA EURO 2012 final, when La Roja won their third successive major championship.

Pique has accumulated 102 caps for his national team, a record that coincides with the most successful period in Roja history.

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