Pay per Head Sportsbooks: Xavi to retire from the international scene

XaviSoccer betting fans were very sad to learn that Xavi said that he would retire from international football, surprising many pay per head sportsbooks.

The Barca midfielder was part of a generation in which Spain clinched three major trophies, and is very well known with price per head services for his great talent on the pitch and very good soccer odds.

The 34-year-old who during a 14-year international career was capped 133 times and is a favourite with soccer betting fans around the world played a key role as Spain was able to win consecutive European Championships in 2008 and 2012, to not mention their triumph in South Africa in the World Cup of 2010.

And Xavi was named the player of the tournament at the Euro finals of 2008.

Pay per head sportsbooks saw that the player’s last campaign for Spain had a disappointing finish when his country was not able to move past the group stage last month in Brazil’s World Cup, as the Netherlands and Chile defeated the national side, to the dismay of many soccer betting fans.

The player’s international debut came in 2000, which happened to be the same year when in Australia he helped the national side clinch an Olympic silver medal, impressing many soccer betting fans.

It was confirmed that he will finish the last two years of his contract with Barcelona, and soccer betting fans were glad to learn that he won’t stop playing just yet.

Xavi said: “I’m grateful for all those years and it has been a fantastic time.

“I’m grateful to everybody at the Federation, it’s been a marvellous time for me to be there for so many years and have so much success.

“I’m leaving very proud and I wish them all the best. From now on I’m another fan of the Spain team.”

Regarding leaving the national side at this time, following a very disappointing World Cup finals in Brazil, he said: “I was disappointed on two levels at the end of last season as I did not feel useful to Barca or to the national team.

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“Brazil was disappointing for everyone collectively and for me also individually and the fact that I did not take part in the decisive game against Chile was a personal disappointment.”

Pay per head sportsbooks can see that the player will leave international football as Spain’s second most-capped player, right behind Iker Casillas – Real Madrid goalkeeper who played 156 times for his country.