Barcelona's defender, Gerard Pique has made a shocking announcement as it concerns his future in football.
The Spaniard made an announcement on his official Instagram account on Thursday, November 3rd, 2022 that he will be quitting football. According to the player, he will play his last game for Barcelona this weekend which means he will forfeit the rest of his contract.
It's Gerard. In the last few weeks, and months, lots of people have been talking about me. Until now, I haven't said anything. But now, I want to be the one talking about me. Like many of you, I've always been a Barca fan. I was born into a football-loving family of Barca fans. From a very young age, I didn't want to become a footballer; I wanted to be a Barca player. I've been thinking a lot about that kid lately. About what little Gerard would have thought if he had been told that all his dreams would come true. That he would make it to the Barca first team. That he would win every trophy possible. That he would become a European champion and world champion. That he would play alongside the best players in history. That he would become of the team's captains. That he would make friends for life. It's been 25 years since I joined Barca. I left and I came back. Football has given me everything. Barca has given me everything. You have given me everything. And now that all that kid's dreams have come true I want to tell you that I've decided that now is the time to bring this journey to its end. I've always said that there would not be any other team after Barca. And that's how it will be. This Saturday's game will be my last at Camp Nou. I will become a regular fan. I will support the team. I will pass my love for Barca to my children, like my family did with me. And you know me, sooner or later, I'll be back. I'll see you at Camp Nou.
Pique has been fantastic for Barcelona since he joined the Catalonia club from Manchester United in 2008. He played 615 games for the club, scoring 53 goals for the club. He has also won 30 major honours during his time at the club, including three Champions League titles.