Gerard Pique received a grand farewell when he appeared in his final game for FC Barcelona last night, helping the team secure a 2-0 victory over Almeria.
The veteran defender opened up on his performance and his career as a whole, shortly after the game. He recalled all the best moments from his time at Barça and suggested that this is not the end of the chapter for him at Camp Nou.
“It was a great day, hard to say goodbye. We had a great game,” Pique said right after the game. “A lot of matches, and titles, but what I remember are my friendships and the moments of great victories.”
Pique has featured in over 600 competitive matches for Barcelona since rejoining the club from Manchester United in 2008. He has been one of the pillars of the club’s defensive setup, helping the Blaugrana secure three Champions League titles and eight La Liga titles.
“I am happy, I am calm. I gave the club my best efforts from the first day. I never dreamed about this, because I never thought about leaving,” he said.
Pique went on to provide insights into his struggles over the past few months, both on and off the pitch. “But I had to decide, that was clear. The last 6 months have been very difficult, and today everything was liberated,” he added.
However, the veteran centre-back believes this is not the end of the line for him, and that he may return to Camp Nou, one way or another.
“In life, when you get older, you realize that sometimes to love is to let go. I’m convinced that I’ll be here again in the future. I love Barça. That’s why I consider it the right moment to go. This is not a goodbye. I was born here, I’ll die here.”