After 14 professional seasons at Barcelona, Gerard Pique announced his retirement. He will play his last home game on Saturday.
“I have something to tell you”: With these words and the video message, Gerard Pique addressed his fans on Thursday. Surprisingly, the long-time Barcelona player retired at the age of 35.
The defender announced that he will play a final match at Barcelona’s Camp Nou against Almeria on Saturday. On Tuesday, Pique was in the starting lineup in the 4-2 win over Victoria Pilsen in the Champions League.
La Liga will be suspended for an extended period from mid-November due to the World Cup.
I have always said that there will be no other team after Barcelona and there will be.
“You gave me everything and now that the dreams have come true, I want to tell you that it is time for them to be completed. I have always said that there will be no other team after Barcelona and there will be. Saturday will be my last match at the Camp Nou.”
Short trip to the island
In the video that Pique shared on social media, he looked back at his entire football career. This started in the youth division of Barcelona. For the first time as a professional, he was with Manchester United. However, he only participated in 12 matches with the “Red Devils” between 2004 and 2008 and was loaned to Spain at Real Zaragoza in the meantime.
In 2008 he moved to Barcelona, where Pique became a legend. If you look at his career numbers, you will find the following:
- 615 games for Barcelona (53 goals and 15 assists).
- 4 Champions League titles, 7 Cup titles and 8 League titles
- 163 yellow cards, 6 yellow red cards and 5 red cards
- 102 caps with Spain (5 goals)
- 2010 World Champion, 2012 European Champion
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