Gerard Pique: The Blaugrana legend to bid farewell on Saturday after suddenly announcing his retirement

Gerard Pique has stated that he will retire following this weekend’s LaLiga match with Barcelona.

The 35-year-old former Spain defender has revealed he will leave Barcelona after Saturday’s match against Almeria.

In a video shared to Twitter, the defender added, “I have always claimed that after Barça there will be no other team, and that will be the case. This Saturday will mark my final appearance at Camp Nou.

“It has been 25 years since I joined Barca. I left and I came back. Football has given me everything, Barca has given me everything.

“I wanted to tell you now is the time to bring this journey to its end. I will become a regular fan, I will support the team and pass my love for Barca to my children

“You know me, sooner or later I will be back.”

Pique made 533 appearances for Barcelona after returning to the club in 2008 from Manchester United, where he had moved in 2004.

In addition to numerous other accolades, he won eight LaLiga titles, seven Copa del Rey trophies, and the Champions League three times with Barcelona.

The centre-back also won the World Cup with Spain in 2010 and the European Championship in 2012 before retiring from international football in 2018. He made 102 appearances and scored five goals for his country before his retirement.

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