The Spain national team has had the likes of Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez don the famous La Furia Roja jersey, but they have also had their share of players who snubbed the chance to represent them. Here are 10 stars, including an African, who declined the opportunity to play for the country!
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Arsenal superstar Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was born in France to a Spanish mother and Gabonese father. The striker, who has a complex background, had the opportunity to play for all three nations but opted to play for the nation his father was born in and also played for, according to the Gunners' official website.
FC Barcelona midfielder Rafinha, currently on loan at Inter Milan, represented both Spain and his nation of birth, Brazil, at junior level. In 2015, the 25-year-old decided to represent the Selecao at senior level, despite racking up 14 appearances for the Spaniards at U16, U17 and U19 levels.
Another Blaugrana star who also decided to turn his back on La Furia Roja is Lionel Messi. The forward, who was born in Rosario in Argentina, has spent almost his entire career playing in Spain, and was often asked to take up Spanish nationality in order to play for the country. He refused every time.
Other who have snubbed the opportunity to represent the European nation, according to various reports, include Harry Winks, Gonzalo Castro, Aymeric Laporte, Dani Alves, Fernando Amorebieta, Jeffren Suarez and Lucas Hernandez.
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