Gerard Pique has sent shockwaves to the footballing world by announcing his retirement from professional football, with the upcoming game on Saturday against Almeria set to be his last at Camp Nou.
Reacting to his retirement, one of Barcelona’s team captains Sergio Busquets showered praise for the veteran centre-back, stating: “I’m sad, Geri means a lot to Barcelona and we will miss him.”
“We played together for many years and had unforgettable moments. On the sporting level, he is the best central defender who played for Barcelona and one of the best players. He wrote the history of the club, winning many titles in a distinguished period,” he added.
Busquets went on to claim that Pique will be remembered as a critical part of Barcelona’s history, long after his retirement.
“We will miss him, a piece of the shield and history will go. This means a lot to Barcelona and to me personally as a player and supporter of the club,” he said.
Busquets was not the only Barcelona team captain to react to Pique’s retirement, with Jordi Alba calling it a sad day for the club.
“Gerard deserves to leave through the big door. He has been a fundamental player for us, we have won many titles together. Both he and I are home-grown players who feel for the club. It is sad news,” Alba said.
Finally, Sergi Roberto reacted to the news as well, labelling Pique as one of Barcelona’s most important players both on and off the pitch over the past decade.
“We all knew the magnitude of Pique as a Barcelonista. He has been very important and a key player for the fans, the club and for the dressing room, not only on the pitch but outside too. It’s a very big loss,” he said.
During his long spell at Barcelona, Pique has featured in over 600 competitive matches for the club. He is set to make his last appearance for the club on Saturday as Barça take on Almeria at Camp Nou.