“There’s no other team after Barca,” he added. “I’m going to become a super fan, I’ll be supporting the team and pass on my love for Barca to my son. And sooner or later, I’ll be back,” he concluded
Barca’s Pique during the match against Valencia recently. Pic/AFP
Barcelona’s Gerard Pique announced his retirement on Thursday after a decorated career, saying “the moment has come to end this journey”. “Saturday’s match (against Almeria) will be my last at the Camp Nou,” the 35-year-old posted on Twitter.
The veteran defender bows out with four Champions League titles and the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012 with Spain. “I wanted to tell you that I’ve decided the moment has come to end this journey,” he said in a video clip of the star watching images of himself as a small boy wearing the Barcelona shirt, or chasing after autographs.
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“There’s no other team after Barca,” he added. “I’m going to become a super fan, I’ll be supporting the team and pass on my love for Barca to my son. And sooner or later, I’ll be back,” he concluded.
Pique is also expected to be involved in the club’s final La Liga fixture before the World Cup, a trip to face Osasuna on Tuesday. “He is part of the Barca club badge, he will always be a leader for Barca fans, he has clearly demonstrated what Barca love,” president Joan Laporta told Barca TV. “Pique understands our financial fair play situation and is very willing to help the club.”
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