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Xavi Announces Spain Retirement

Xavi Hernandez on Tuesday announced his retirement from the Spanish national team at the age of 34. The Barcelona midfielder, who has decided to play on under new coach Luis Enrique, represented his country 133 times, a record for an outfielder. Xavi was a central figure for Spain as it won the 2010 World Cup and the 2008 and 2012 European Championships. His last appearance for the national team was a 5-1 loss to the Netherlands at the World Cup in Brazil in June. The Barca playmaker remains one of the most decorated players of all time, having also won three UEFA Champions Leagues and seven La Liga titles in his glittering club career.

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