Busquez (trophy lifter) retired from the Spanish national team.

(File photo, AFP)

[Sports Center/Comprehensive Report] Sergio Busquets, the midfielder who has been the soul of the Spanish team in recent years, will retire from the national team today after being eliminated by Morocco in this World Cup.

The current Spanish captain Busquez has played for the national team for more than 12 years and helped Spain win the 2010 World Cup and the 2012 European Nations Cup.

Busquez has played 143 games in the national team in his career. Only Sergio Ramos' 180 games and Iker Casillas' 167 games are more than him in team history.

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Busquez wrote on social media: "It is an honor to represent my country at the highest level, to be world champion and European champion, to be captain and to play so many games... I always give my best Go all out." Busquez was one of three players not to score a 12-yard penalty against Morocco in the round of 16.

Busquez (No. 5)'s last goal for the national team was a 12-yard penalty that was saved by the Moroccan goalkeeper.

(File photo, Reuters)

After C. Ronaldo (Christiano Ronaldo) decided to retire this year, Busquez's retirement today also represents the end of the era of Spanish champions. He is the last member of the Spanish national team to win the 2010 South Africa World Cup.

The 33-year-old defender Jordi Alba is currently the only remaining member of the 2012 European Cup champion in Spain.

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