Sergio Ramos, the veteran Spanish international and defender for the French football club Paris Saint-Germain, announced his retirement from international football on Thursday. Ramos had a long and successful career with the Spanish national team, nicknamed the “Matador”, having played 180 games – the most in the team’s history. He was part of the squad that won three major titles; the European Nations Cup in 2008 and 2012, and the World Cup in 2010 in South Africa. His last match for the Spain national team was in March 2021.
Despite being absent from the list of coach Luis Enrique for the Euro 2020 and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, Ramos was still in contention to return to the squad. However, Ramos decided to end his international career due to his injury problems. He is ninth in the list of historic Spanish national team goalscorers with 23 goals, despite being a defender.
Ramos thanked everyone who had always believed in him, saying “I will continue animating my country from home with the emotion of the privileged one who could represent proud 180 times. Thank you from the heart to everyone who always believes in me!”
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