Spanish defender, Gerard Pique says that the 2018 World Cup in Russia is his last tournament to play for his country. Pique made this announcement on Sunday, 09 October 2016 after Spain’s 2-0 victory over Albania. This was a Group G world cup qualifier match in which Spain is topping g the group. Pique revealed that he feels like some people are not happy with his presence in the national team admitting that there are people who will be happy if he is not there.
Pique stirred controversial social media debates on Sunday’s match after cutting the sleeves off his kit instead of changing into short sleeves which have the Spanish flag. He insisted that the long sleeves were burdening him.
During a post-match media briefing, Pique revealed that he had made retirement plans even before the Sunday game. He added that this decision is personal but not any body’s pressure and he feels that he has delivered enough for his national side. He added that there are people who have appreciated his efforts towards the national team although other think it is okay for him to leave. Pique also claims that he wants to give room for young talent to develop.
The 29 year old defender who has 2 kids with Colombian singer, Shakira was part of the team who helped Spain lift the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa and UEFA Euro 2012. While playing for FC Barcelona, he won six Spanish League titles, three club World Cups and three Champions Leagues. Pique made his Spanish debut in 2009 and ever since he has made 84 appearances and scoring 5 goals.