Spain legend Sergio Ramos on Thursday announced his retirement from international football, revealing that he is not part of head coach Luis de la Fuente's plans.
Having made 180 appearances, Ramos called time on his glittering career which spanned nearly 18 years. Ramos was also part of the Spanish side that won its first-ever World Cup in 2010.
The outgoing Spanish centre-back stated that his journey deserved to end, according to him. The 36-year-old added that the sport has never been fair to him.
"The time has come. Time for me to say goodbye to the Spain national team," Ramos' statement shared on social media read. "This morning, I received a call from the current Head Coach who informed me that I am not and will not be part of his plans, regardless of how I perform or what I do in my career. With a heavy heart, it's the end of the road that I hoped would stretch out further and which would end with a better taste in my mouth.
"I honestly believe that this journey deserved to end at my own choosing or because my performances were not at a level worthy of our national team. Because age in itself is not a virtue or a defect; it's just a number that is not necessarily related to performance or ability. I admire and envy players like Modric, Messi and Pepe. Unfortunately, it won't be like that for me because football isn't always fair and football is never just football.
"I come away with unforgettable memories, all the titles we've fought for and celebrated together and the tremendous pride I feel as the most capped Spanish international of all time. This badge, this shirt and these fans, all of you, have made me happy. My heartfelt thanks to all of you who believed in me!"