Ahead of the 2022 World Cup, Luis Enrique went on record to state that Sergio Busquets was the most important asset of the Spanish national team and that he would be looking to convince the midfielder to play another World Cup before retiring.
However, following a round of 16 exit at the hands of Morocco, Busi has announced his retirement from the Spanish national team.
The 35-year-old won a World Cup and a European championship with Spain and has been leading the team as a captain for the past two years as captain.
Speaking about his retirement, Barcelona coach Xavi has paid tribute to Busquets, saying, as quoted by SPORT, “In the end, it’s a personal decision you make when you feel it’s the right time. He must have seen it like this. I wish him luck.”
He held Busi in high praise, calling him one of the best to ever grace the pitch in his position.
He is a player who has made history, a legend. One of the best midfielders in world football and the best defensive midfielder in the history of Spain. I congratulate him,” Xavi said.
Now away from international duty, Xavi said that the Spaniard will be able to focus more on Barcelona.
That said, though, it is expected that Busquets will take a final call on his club future soon. While Barcelona are trying to retain the player for another season, Inter Miami are hoping to get his signature in June on a Bosman move.