Gerard Piqué has confirmed his worldwide retirement after winning 102 caps for Spain.
Pique's retirement announcement does not come as a surprise as he had made a statement back in October 2016 that he would quit worldwide football after the FIFA World Cup 2018, held in Russian Federation.
Pique did not immediately confirm his retirement following Spain's exit from the World Cup, when they lost on penalties to hosts Russian Federation in the last 16. However, some reports claimed Pique was set to continue to play for La Roja after Luis Enrique, his former Barca manager, was appointed as Julen Lopetegui's permanent successor.More news: Is the US-Turkey crisis beyond repair? | USA
"I spoke to Luis Enrique a few days ago", he said during a press conference.
Barcelona begin their season against Sevilla in the Spanish Super Cup on Sunday.
The 31-year-old hinted prior to this summer's World Cup that the tournament would be his last for La Roja, and he has now officially announced that he will no longer make himself available for selection under new Spain boss Luis Enrique.More news: Sea-Tac Airport Issues Statement After 'Suicidal Male' Crashes Plane
"Playing for Spain was an awesome experience, and I was able to win the World Cup and the Euros".
"I'm very happy to have participated in all these successes, but now I want to focus on Barca". "I have a few years left here and I'm going to enjoy them a lot".
Among the centre-back's worldwide honours are the 2010 World Cup and a Euro 2012 winner's medal.More news: Ford unveils 2019 NASCAR Mustang