Gerard Pique will retire from football following Barcelona’s La Liga clash on Saturday, the defender has announced.
The Spain international has taken to social media to break the shock news, which will likely see him make his final appearance for his boyhood club when they entertain Almeria.
“I want to tell you that I have decided that the time has come to end this journey,” Pique said.
“I always said that there would be no team after Barca and it will be like that.
“This Saturday will be my last at Camp Nou. I will become a regular fan, I will support the team, I will pass on my love for Barca to my children as my family did for me.
“And you know me. Sooner or later I will be back. See you at Camp Nou. Long live Barça, always.
Pique, born in Barcelona, was on the books of the La Liga giants as a young player before starting his professional career with Manchester United in 2004.
He returned to Barca four years later where he was part of an imperious squad under manager Pep Guardiola.
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Pique won a host of trophies at Camp Nou, including eight La Liga titles and three Champions Leagues.
The 35-year-old was also part of the Spanish squads that won the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012.
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