The Spanish and Barcelona FC midfielder Xavi Hernandez has announced his retirement from international career after a disappointing World Cup campaign in Brazil.
The 34-year-old veteran has had a stellar career with the European heavyweights Spain, who made his international debut against the Netherlands in 2000. He represented his nation 133 times and having scored 13 goals.
The midfielder was part of La Roja that won three successive major tournaments – Euro 2008, the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa and Euro 2012.
“I have decided to retire from international football,” Xavi told a press conference. “I’m grateful for all those years. It has been a fantastic time.”
Despite rumours to be move away from the La Liga side, Xavi is set to remain at the Nou Camp this season, he has two years left on his current contract with the Catalans.