Barcelona star player, Gerard Pique gave an emotional speech after his final game as a Barcelona player at Camp Nou on Saturday.
Pique played his final game at the Camp Nou as a Barcelona player on Saturday against Almeria after announcing his intention to retire. The centre-back captained the side and received a huge ovation when he was replaced late on. Pique then addressed supporters with a speech after the final whistle.
“First of all, thanks. To all my colleagues, the staff, the people in the gym, to all those who help us every day to make everything easier. Thanks to the board for all these years. In life, when you get older, you realize that sometimes to love is to let go,” he said.
“A relationship of so much love, of so much passion, I think it was time to leave us space, give us air, and I am convinced that in the future I will be here again. This is not a farewell, I left years ago and then I came back. I was born here and I will die here.”
Barcelona coach, Xavi also stated that Barcelona are “very grateful” to legendary defender Gerard Pique, after the veteran played his final game at Camp Nou on Saturday.
“We wanted to say goodbye to him in the best way possible,” Xavi said after the match.
“I think he had a great game, showing what he is. The bigger the match for him, the better he performs. I have already told him that he is a Barca legend and we are very grateful for what he has given to the club.”
Pique leaves Barcelona with his status as a club legend assured. The defender collected 30 trophies during his time at the club and has won every single major honour available.
Pique has previously admitted it would be a dream to return as club president in the future, and it would be no surprise to see him back at the Camp Nou in a non-playing role at some point.
See pictures below
See Video Below
Legends win the crowd.#Sempr3 pic.twitter.com/JOf068urug
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) November 5, 2022