GERARD PIQUE has announced he is leaving Barcelona after 14 years and retiring from football.
The Spaniard revealed the news in a touching video on social media, in which he said Saturday’s game will be his last at the Camp Nou.
In the video, just over two minutes long, Pique reflects on his time at the club he joined from Manchester United in 2008.
The 35-year-old has played well over 600 games for the club.
And he was a loyal companion for the club during his long service.
He won a whopping collection of 31 trophies with the Spanish giants, including four Champions League and eight La Liga titles.
Towards the end of the emotional video, Pique said: “I’ve always said that there will be no other team after Barcelona and that’s how it will be.
“This Saturday will be my last game at the Camp Nou.
“I will become a regular fan. I will support the team. I will pass my love for Barca on to my children, just like my family did to me.
“And you know me. Sooner or later. I will come back.
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“See you at Camp Nou. Long live Barca. Always.”
Pique’s football career began at Barcelona’s legendary academy La Masia.
The defender shared clips from his youth at the academy during his farewell video.
Pique was also an important cog in the Spanish team that dominated international football for a time, winning the 2012 European Championship and the 2010 World Cup.
Overall, Pique will step down knowing he has one of the most impressive trophy cases of any player – with a whopping 37 trophies for club and country.
However, Pique has endured a tough few months both on and off the pitch as he was relegated to the bench and parted ways with partner Shakira.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6595373/barcelona-pique-announces-leaving-14-years/ Barcelona legend Gerard Pique announces in an emotional video that he is leaving the club after 14 years and retiring at the age of 35