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  • Updated: December 16, 2022

Busquets Announces Retirement From International Football At 34

Busquets Announces Retirement From International Football At

Sergio Busquets

Barcelona captain Sergio Busquets announces his retirement from international football which makes Qatar 2022 his last World Cup.

He won 143 caps for Spain and the 2010 World Cup and the 2012 European Championship.

Busquets captained Spain at the World Cup and was one of three players to miss a penalty as Luis Enrique's side were beaten 3-0 in a shootout by Morocco, following a goalless draw.

The 34-year-old was part of Spain's victorious squads at the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012, with the nation having won three consecutive major tournaments.

Busquets was the only member of Spain's 2010 World Cup-winning squad to feature in Qatar but has now confirmed the end of his international career after nearly 15 years.

'It has been an honour to represent my country and take it to the top, to be a World and European champion, to be captain and to play so many games with greater or lesser success,' Busquets wrote in a lengthy Instagram post.

'But always giving everything and contributing my grain of sand so that everything was the right way as possible and that everyone felt how important they are, helping everyone and fighting for the same goal, with unique, unforgettable and historical experiences.'

Busquets played 143 times for Spain, with the defensive midfielder having made his debut against Turkey back in 2009.

He played in every match for Vicente del Bosque's World Cup-winning side in 2010, as Spain overcame the Netherlands 1-0 in extra time in the final to lift the trophy for the first time.

Busquets was named in the team of the tournament as Spain retained their European Championship title in 2012, beating Italy 4-0 in the final.

His only two goals for Spain came in Euro 2016 qualifying against Macedonia and Belarus.

Luis Enrique named Busquet's captain in 2021, with the Barcelona midfielder leading Spain on the pitch at Euro 2020 and the World Cup in Qatar.

'I would like to thank all the people who have accompanied me on this long journey,' Busquets said.

'From Vicente del Bosque who gave me the opportunity to start, to Luis Enrique for making me enjoy until the last second. I also thank Julen Lopetegui, Fernando Hierro and Robert Moreno for their trust, as well as all of his staff.

'And of course to each and every one of my teammates, with whom I have struggled to try to take the team where it deserved, with more or less success but always giving everything and with the greatest of pride.

'To all the followers, for the daily support received and especially when things did not turn out as we expected. That is when you are most needed and the most united you have to be.

'And of course, most importantly, my family. For supporting me at all times and in all my decisions and sharing this path while being away for many days and making me always feel close so that I could give my best.'

Busquets' retirement comes days after Luis Enrique was dismissed as Spain's boss, following their early World Cup exit.

Former Under-21 boss Luis de la Fuente has been confirmed as Spain's new first-team coach, with his predecessor claiming he can 'achieve everything' with the national side.

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2 Senegal 3 6
3 Ecuador 3 4
4 Qatar 3 0
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1 England 3 7
2 USA 3 5
3 Iran 3 3
4 Wales 3 1
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1 Argentina 3 6
2 Poland 3 4
3 Mexico 3 4
4 Saudi Arabia 3 3
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1 France 3 6
2 Australia 3 6
3 Tunisia 3 4
4 Denmark 3 1
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1 Japan 3 6
2 Spain 3 4
3 Germany 3 4
4 Costa Rica 3 3
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1 Morocco 3 7
2 Croatia 3 5
3 Belgium 3 4
4 Canada 3 0
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1 Brazil 3 6
2 Switzerland 3 6
3 Cameroon 3 4
4 Serbia 3 1
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2 South Korea 3 4
3 Uruguay 3 4
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