FC Barcelona pays a vibrant tribute to Gérard Piqué!

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After fourteen seasons in the Barcelona jersey, Gérard Piqué (35) has decided to say stop. “Saturday’s game will be my last at the Camp Nou. I wanted to let you know that I have decided that the time has come to end this journey”, he announced in a short video posted on his Twitter account. This weekend, against Almeria, on the occasion of the 13th day of La Liga, the central defender of La Roja (102 caps, 5 goals) will thus play his last match, at Camp Nou, with the Blaugranas. A resounding announcement and a page in history that is turning for the Catalan club. Arrived at Barça at the age of 10, Pique left Catalonia from 2004 to 2008 for the Manchester United Academy, where he won a first Champions League (2008), before returning to the club of his heart. .

Trained at the club and with 615 matches in all competitions (52 goals, 13 assists), the native of Barcelona logically received a nice tribute. On its social networks and its website, the Catalan club has, in fact, multiplied the messages for its emblematic defender. After a first photo published where we see the one who has devoted 21 years of his life to the Culers kissing his crest, with the caption: “a life dedicated to Barça. Thank you Pique”, Barça also highlighted the record of the 2010 world champion: eight La Liga, seven King’s Cups, three Champions League, three Club World Cups, six Spanish Super Cups and three UEFA Super Cups. Something to make you dizzy … After a few videos retracing his best defensive interventions or his decisive achievements, the current second in La Liga also published a long message summarizing the highlights of his career.

Joan Laporta personally thanks Gérard Piqué!

From its debut to its various coronations on the European scene through its most beautiful evenings spent at the Bernabéu, the Barcelona team wanted to thank its captain for all of his work. Asked, for his part, about the announcement made by Pique, Joan Laporta also expressed his gratitude to his protege: “he is part of the Barça crest, he will always be a reference for the ‘culers’, he has amply demonstrated what is expected of Barça”, first assured the Catalan president before returning to the conditions of departure of Pique. As a reminder, the Spanish international should sit on nearly 40 million euros according to Onda Cero, namely the salary remaining on his year and a half of contract.

“The deal is still being finalized, but the player is very willing to help the club. The player understands the club’s situation regarding “fair play”, the sports payroll, and there is a great predisposition. It will be as he wants, as he adapts and needs. He must feel comfortable, he is a person with a lot of responsibilities and we are at his disposal to ensure that the withdrawal process is as smooth as possible. We had already spoken and during recent events, we had made common reflections. We had left the decision in the hands of the player. He made a very moving video., Laporta said at the microphone of Barça TV. A little earlier in the evening, it was his mentor and former partner, Carles Puyol, who sent him a very nice message: thank you for everything Geri. I am in shock. People have been unfair to you, few have defended the Barca shirt like you did. I can always say that I played alongside you, a privilege. I love you my friend. Farewell messages that should multiply over the next few hours…

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