Paris Saint-Germain defender Sergio Ramos has taken to Twitter on Thursday to announce his international retirement.
He also acknowledge receiving a call from Spain's head coach Luis de la Fuente indicating that he would not be a part of his plans moving forward.
The 36-year-old made 180 appearances for La Roja – the all-time record – over the course of a career that stretched over 17 years and saw him win two European Championships and lift the World Cup in 2010.
Seguiré animando a mi país desde casa con la emoción del privilegiado que ha podido representarlo orgulloso 180 veces. ¡Gracias de corazón a todos los que siempre creísteis en mí! ❤️?❤️ pic.twitter.com/KzVldPhiqo— Sergio Ramos (@SergioRamos) February 23, 2023
The former Real Madrid man points out in his statement that he would have liked to end his illustrious time with Spain on a better note, either because of a personal decision or because his performances did not warrant a call-up, rather than a question of age.
Ramos will now turn to his commitments with Paris Saint-Germain – where his contract expires at the end of the season. The veteran has been a regular for Christophe Galtier’s men this season, recovering from a first campaign that was cut short by injury issues.