The beloved captain of the FC Barcelona, Carles Puyol, announced to the press that he is leaving the team at the end of the season, June 30.
In his explanation for the reasons of his departure, the popular player said that his injuries have prevented him from playing at the level he and the team are used to.
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The FC Barcelona defender said in his statement on Tuesday:
“The reason I have called you here today is to tell you that at the end of the season I will no longer be an FC Barcelona player. The Club knows about this and we are agreed on the matter and how it should be dealt with. We shall rescind my contract and leave it without effect for the two years that were left on it.”
Puyol added that following two very serious surgeries it has been a struggle to play the way he needs to, in order to contribute to his team, however, he didn’t use the “R” word. Saying instead, “After that, we’ll see what happens.”
Puyol, however, stressed that there are still three-months in the season and as fans are used to, they will see a determined player giving his all on the file so FC Barcelona can achieve its goals for the season.
Barca is currently one point behind La Liga’s leaders and arch rivals, Real Madrid. Anything can happen between now and the end of the season.
Carles Puyol took over as captain from Luis Enrique in 2004 and has appeared in 600 official matches for Barcelona, winning 21 titles, including six La Liga championships and three UEFA Champions League tournaments.
The FC Barcelona beloved player has been called up 100 times to play for his native Spain, who won the World Cup in 2010 and also the Euro 2008.
This cool infographic, shared in the FC Barcelona website, takes us down memory lane to revisit some of the greatest accomplishments for Puyol during his stay in the Spanish Club, his only team.
FC Barcelona was founded in 1899, making it one of the oldest Spanish clubs in La Liga and in 2009 became the first club in Spain to win the treble, consisting of La Liga, Copa del Rey, and the Champions League.