Gerard Pique Announces Retirement From Football
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has announced his retirement from football and will play his final game on Saturday against Almeria at the Camp Nou.
He added: “Culers, it’s Gerard. The last few weeks and months, many people have been talking about me.
“Until now, I haven’t said anything, but now I want to be the one talking about me.
“Like many of you, I’ve always been a Barcelona fan and I was born into a footballing family.
“From a very young age, I didn’t want to become a footballer. I wanted to become a Barcelona footballer.
“That he would make it to the Barcelona first team and win every trophy possible.
“It’s been 25 years since I joined Barcelona. I left and then came back.
“Football has given me everything. Barcelona have given me everything.
“You, culers, have given me everything.
“And now that all that kid’s dreams have come true, I want to tell you that I’ve decided that now is the time to bring this journey to its end.
“I’ve always said that there would be no other team after Barcelona and that’s how it will be.”
“This Saturday’s game will be my last at the Camp Nou.
“I will become another fan and support the team and pass my love for Barcelona onto my kids, like parents did for me.
“You know me, and sooner or later I’ll be back.
“See you soon Camp Nou and always long live Barcelona.”
The Catalan-born center-back started his career in Manchester United before moving to Barcelona in 2008.