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Xavi retires from international football

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Spanish midfield maestro Xavi, aged 34, has decided to retire from international duty in order to focus on playing solely for Spanish Giants FC Barcelona.

The Spanish midfielder attained 133 caps, scored 13 goals, and provided numerous assists for Spain, while also helping them to the 2008 and 2012 European Championships and a World Cup trophy in 2010.

Xavi had delivered the news of his decision to retire from international duty in a press conference yesterday, in it he stated:

"I have decided to leave the national team - my time has come to an end,"

"I'm grateful to everyone at the Federation. It has been a marvellous time over so many years and with so many successes."

"I'm leaving with pride and I wish them all the best. Now I'll be watching them as a fan."

Also in the press conference Xavi had discussed rumors regarding his future at Spanish Giants Barcelona, he stated:

"I want people to understand that I thought my time had come to an end,"

"I was so disappointed and I decided to leave Barca, but that decision was premature. Luis Enrique and Zubi (sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta) convinced me that I can be useful.

"I ended up disappointed last season. I didn't feel useful for Barcelona or for the national team. They were two of the biggest disappointments of my life."

It should be noted that prior to Xavi's decision to stay at Spanish Giants Barcelona, he was linked to moves in the Middle East and to the MLS.

Also in a recent poll done by Goal.com, Xavi was voted the best midfielder of all time.