Gerard Hammered broadcasts unexpectedly his retirement
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Barcelona (AFP)- Defender Gerard Piqué, a 35-year-old FC Barcelona participant and champion with Spain within the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012, introduced his retirement as a footballer on Thursday unexpectedly.
“Now that the goals of that boy have come true, I wish to inform you that it’s time to shut this circle. I’ve at all times stated that after Barça there could be no different staff and that’s how it is going to be. This Saturday (in opposition to Almería) will likely be my final sport within the Camp Nou”, he introduced in a video of about two minutes on his social networks.
Within the video he exhibits photos of him as a toddler carrying the Barça shirt or asking for autographs from the celebs of that point.
“I’ll develop into yet another culé (Barça fan), I’ll cheer on the staff and transmit my love for Barça to my kids and my household. You already know me, in the end I’ll return,” he stated, which could possibly be understood as a return future to the staff as a coach or, above all, as a supervisor.
Piqué arrived at Barça when he was 10 years previous, however between 2004 and 2008 he moved to Manchester United -which within the 2006-2007 season loaned him to Actual Zaragoza-. With the English staff he received the Champions League in 2008, earlier than returning to the membership he loves.
With Barcelona, Piqué has received eight Spanish League titles, seven Copa del Reys and, above all, three European Champions Leagues and three Membership World Cups.
His greatest years coincided with the golden era of Andrés Iniesta, Xavi Hernández, Carles Puyol and Lionel Messi, amongst different skills who marked an period on the membership.
“Thanks for every part, Geri. I am in shock. It has been very unfair to you, few have defended the Barça shirt as you will have. I can at all times clarify that I performed by your aspect, a privilege. I like you pal,” Puyol wrote. , retired in 2014, on Instagram after studying of the retirement announcement.
He accompanied the message with a photograph of each ingesting espresso and one other surrounded by trophies.
Barcelona stated goodbye to its participant on its web site and its social networks, recalling the trophies received with the membership and describing him as “Barca to the core”.
“We aren’t crying. Properly, sure,” the membership wrote on Twitter.
The president of Barça, Joan Laporta, informed BarçaTV that Piqué “will at all times be a reference for Barça followers” and that “he’s a part of the Barça defend”.
“The termination settlement (of the contract) is in course of. There’s a predisposition from Piqué, who understands the state of affairs of the membership,” he stated.
Shakira and the World Cup-2010
With the Spanish nationwide staff he was worldwide between 2009 and 2018, being a part of the champion squads of the World Cup in South Africa-2010 and the European Championship in Poland/Ukraine-2012.
FIFA wished him this Thursday on Twitter “the very best of luck” in his new life.
Piqué has not solely occupied pages within the sports activities press lately, but additionally in society info for his relationship with the Colombian singer Shakira. The lately separated couple had two kids.
The 2010 World Cup, the place Shakira sang her hit “Waka Waka”, was the place to begin of a relationship that generated huge curiosity on a planetary scale.
He’s additionally identified for his position as an entrepreneur. With the sports activities rights firm Kosmos he was primarily accountable for the reform of the Davis Cup of tennis, to which he gave a brand new format.
He additionally leads a staff primarily based within the Principality of Andorra and at the moment enjoying within the second division of Spanish soccer.
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