Breaking: Sergio Ramos announces international retirement after decorated Spain career


After winning a record 180 caps, Sergio Ramos has ended speculation over his international future by announcing his retirement.

Sergio Ramos has announced his retirement from international football after a hugely decorated Spain career.

Ramos made his debut for La Roja in 2005, before making 180 appearances for the national team to become Spain’s best player.

The centre-back played a vital role as Spain won three major tournaments in a row and were crowned world champions in South Africa in both 2008 and 2012.

Ramos, who turns 37 next month, last played for Spain in March 2021 and was not part of Luis Enrique’s squad for Euro 2020 or the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, where Spain were beaten on penalties by Morocco in the last 16.

Luis Enrique was sacked after that departure and his replacement Luis de la Fuente said this month that the door is not closed to Ramos returning to the team.

But the Paris Saint-Germain man, who has had considerable injury problems in recent seasons, has decided to quit.

It marks the end of a glittering international career that saw him move up to ninth in the nation’s all-time goalscoring charts despite being a defender and scoring 23 times.