Paris Saint Germain defender Sergio Ramos has put an end to his time with La Furia Roja of Spain as he announced his retirement from international football.
Ramos is indeed a legend for the national team of Spain and also a legend club wise as well due to his successes over the years.
The 36-years-old defender made one-hundred-and-eighty (180) appearances for Spain in a magnificent career he had, he won the UEFA Euro Championship in 2008 and 2012.
He also won what many considered to be the pinnacle of a footballer’s career for successes, The FIFA World Cup, winning it in 2010 in South Africa.
Sergio Ramos put out the information of his retirement from international football on his Instagram account on Thursday.
Ramos also spoke about how he has great admiration and positive envy for players like Argentine great Lionel Messi and even former teammates Pepe and Luka Modric.
Below is an announcement from Sergio Ramos:
“The time has come. Time for me to say goodbye to the Spain national team. To La Roja. This morning, I received a call from the current Head Coach who informed me that I might not and will not be part of his plans, regardless of how I perform or what I do in my career.”
Concerning Messi, Pepe and Luka Modric, Ramos stated:
“With a heavy heart, it’s the end of a road that I hoped would stretch out further and which would end with a better taste in my mouth, on a par with all the success we achieved with La Roja. I honestly believe that this journey deserved to end at my own choosing or because my performances were not at a level worthy of our national team.
“Not due to a question of age or other reasons that, although I have not heard them directly, I have certainly felt. Because age in itself is not a virtue or a defect; it’s just a number that is not necessarily related to performance or ability. I admire and envy players like Modric, Messi and Pepe. They are the essence of tradition, values, meritocracy and justice in football. Unfortunately, it won’t be like that for me because football isn’t always fair and football is never just football.”
The Spaniard ended his written statements by stating his acceptance of his retirement and sending his thankful remarks to several stakeholders in his career:
“This is something I have to accept, albeit with this sadness I share with you but also with my head held high, and thankful for all these years and for your support. I come away with unforgettable memories, all the titles we’ve fought for and celebrated together and the tremendous pride I feel as the most capped Spanish international of all time.
“This badge, this shirt and these fans, all of you, have made me happy. I’ll continue to support my country with the passion of someone lucky enough to proudly represent it 180 times. My heartfelt thanks to all of you who believed in me!”
Sergio Ramos would still feature for The Parisiens this season as his current contract with the French side still runs till the 30th of June, 2023