Every week, we present you with a man who – for certain reasons – is the perfect pick for #MotivationMonday. This week, we are man-crushing on Barcelona’s Spain defender Gerard Pique. Many would also know him as Shakira’s husband.

Pique was part of Spain’s team when they won the World Cup in 2010 and despite this, he isn’t a popular figure in the country. Why?

According to the BBC, it’s because he supports Catalonia’s independence referendum. Now, the 31-year-old has confirmed that he will be retiring from international football.

 

 

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“I spoke to Luis Enrique a few days ago. He called me and I told him the decision was taken a long time ago and that I had thought about it carefully,” Pique said on Saturday, according to the BBC.

 

 

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“It was a beautiful time with the national team in which I had the chance to win the World Cup and the European Championship. Now I want to focus on Barca,” he added.

 

 

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After the announcement, Shakira took to Instagram with the following statement: