FOOTBALL – Top football player Gerard Pique to end his football career. The FC Barcelona central defender made this known through a personal video on his Twitter account. Pique announced on Thursday evening that he will play his last game at Camp Nou on November 5.
In the video, which lasts over 2 minutes, Piqué looks back in Catalan on his childhood, his dreams and his career. He says: “I never just wanted to be a footballer, I wanted to play at FC Barcelona. I made my dreams come true, as a child, as a player, as a champion… Now is the time to bring the journey to an end. I’ve always said there would be no other club for me than Barcelona, and it will be. The circle is round. Now I’m going to be a supporter again.’
Culers, us he de dir una cosa. pic.twitter.com/k3V919pm1T
— Gerard Piqué (@3gerardpique) November 3, 2022
Gerard Pique has played continuously for Barcelona since 2008. He won the Spanish League eight times and the Copa del Rey seven times. He took a European and World Cup title and won the Premier and Champions League finals with Manchester United. The news that Pique will stop playing football hits Spain like a bomb. Although he did not have a permanent place at FC Barcelona this season, Pique had a contract with the Catalan club until 2024.
Unusual farewell mid-season
The Spanish newspaper Marca wrote on Thursday evening that it is very unusual for a player to announce his retirement mid-season. That said, Piqué had few playing minutes this season. He was hardly used by coach Xavi. The few moments he played were not his very best.
Moreover, the private situation would not bother him. The footballer has been together with the well-known singer Shakira since 2011. This year, the couple announced their separation. Rumors have it that Shakira caught Piqué with another woman. The divorce from Shakira and the fierce custody battle for the children, according to the Spanish media, are serious.