David Silva retires from worldwide football with Spain

David Silva

Award-winning midfielder "Manchester city" David Silva ended his career in Spain. I 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.

David Silva who plays for Manchester City and made his Spanish debut in 2006, said he was "very proud" and the decision to retire was "one the most hard of my career".

Silva made his global debut in November 2006 and went on to amass 125 caps over the course of 12 years, scoring 35 times for La Roja, a total that places him fourth on the all-time list for his country behind Fernando Torres, Raúl and David Villa.

The playmaker was a key man as Spain claimed their first major global title since 1964 at Euro 2008, before then also helping them win the World Cup two years later and Euro 2012.

"It has not been easy, after all I've experienced, to write these lines", he wrote in a social media post. "The national team has given me everything and allowed me to grow as a footballer and person since [playing in] the youth categories".

"I want to thank everyone who has supported me over the years, without you it would not have been possible to play a part in the great history of the national team". I can not 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.

Silva follows Barcelona stalwart Gerard Piqué in deciding to leave the Spanish national team this summer, as well as Piqué's former club teammate Andrés Iniesta, now of Japanese side Vissel Kobe.

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