Just two days after Gerard Pique announced his retirement from International football, Pique’s team-mate David Silva has also decided to call it a day.
The 32-year old David Silvia decided to hang off his boots.
Silva, who played 125 matches for Spain feels its time to move on and give a chance to the future youngsters. The midfielder scored 35 goals in his 12-year career with Spain.
Silva announced his retirement through a open letter. The letter says:
“There have been days and weeks of reflection and analysis to make the decision to finish my time in Spain. Without a doubt it is one of the hardest decisions in my career. The national team has given me everything and has allowed me to grow as a player and as a person from my first days in the youth set-up. I’m leave with pride after playing 125 games and scoring 35 goals in a 12-year spell where we lifted the World Cup and two European Championships.”
“I leave happy with all I have achieved, experienced and dreamed with a team that will be remembered forever. I have ended an era filled with emotion from all those moments that come to my mind, like the figure of Luis Aragones, a teacher that none of us will ever forget.”
Silva also thanked his supporters, fans, team-mates and the Spain federation for keeping faith in him.
“I cannot leave without thanking all of my team-mates, the coaches that had faith in me and the RFEF employees that do everything to make our lives easier. I also want to thank my family for their support over the years, without their help I would never have been able to form part of this team. And of course, the fans who have always given me their support and respect every time I wore the Spain shirt. Thank you, good luck and farewell!”
Following the exit of Spain from round of 16 in the World Cup in Russia, Spain has been stuck with a big blow with two crucial players retiring at the same time. They have also lost their legendary midfielder Andres Iniesta, who retired just after the World Cup.