Former Spanish football Alfonso Perez has asked Barcelona defender Gerard Pique to quit international football in the shirt of Spain due to his political beliefs, according to reports.
Perez, who used to play for Barcelona and Real Madrid, asked the player not to make himself available any longer as he wanted Catalonia to get independence from Spain. Pique has said that he would retire from international duty after the 2018 World Cup. He is openly supporting a referendum on the independence of Catalonia. He was accused of cutting the flag of Spain off the sleeves of his kit.
Perez compared Pique’s action to that of former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola who played friendly games for Catalonia during his playing career without renouncing the Spanish national team.
“It would have been most honest if Guardiola, being such a Catalan, would have renounced the Spanish national team. I am not against the Catalans. My son was born in Barcelona and if I was radical he would have been born in Madrid or Seville. I have nothing against Catalans, but I do against those pushing for independence,” Perez said. Continue reading PEREZ WANTS PIQUE TO QUIT FOOTBALL
Xavi has declared that people should respect Lionel Messi’s decision to retire from international football.
Indeed, the Barcelona striker has stated that he will not be playing for Argentina again after their recent defeat at the Copa America final against Chile. Since then, many football personalities and players have asked Lionel Messi to come back to his decision, but the Argentina forward has yet to make a declaration.
Xavi believes that we should respect his decision and not attempt to pressurize him to come back. Xavi said that Lionel Messi has been giving his best for his national team and instead has always been frustrated by the results. He said that the player has earned the right to make his own decision regarding his career and that people should leave him alone.
He said that people have no right to judge him. If he wants to play for Argentina again, that is his decision and that we should respect him. He believes that Lionel Messi is one of the best players in history and yet has experienced a lot of frustration with Argentina. He believes that the player has every right to be downhearted and to retire.
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After having spent his entire career with Barcelona, Xavi Hernandez has finally ended his relationship with the Spanish club as he joined the Qatari side Al Sadd which will be his new club for the next 2 years.
Making a switch from Barcelona to Al Sadd is a huge move but at the age of 35, Xavi Hernandez had to be offloaded in order to give some of the younger players a chance to step up and get into the main team.
Even though Al Sadd does not have the same world class player or pieces of silverware that Barcelona has collected, Xavi Hernandez revealed his joy and said just how honored he is in joining the Qatari club.
Barcelona’s Xavi Hernandez said: “I am very, very proud to be part and parcel of Al Sadd Football Club. I hope I will be able to lift all titles with this very important club and continue with my achievement. I would like to thank Al Sadd Sports Club and all the Qatari people.”
The experienced midfielder signed a 2 year long contract with Al Sadd but this can be extended to 3 year depending on how Xavi performs in his new club. The contract that Xavi Hernandez signed with Al Sadd has will also give him the responsibilities of being an ambassador for Qatar’s 2022 World Cup. Continue reading Xavi Hernandez is proud to join Al Sadd SC