It was quite an emotional moment for 35-year-old Gerard Pique after being substituted in his final match as a Barcelona player against Almeria.
Recall that the Spaniard who announced his retirement from football on Thursday, November 3, had said that Saturday’s match against Almeria in LaLiga will be his last at Camp Nou for the Catalan club after 14 years in the first team following his return from Manchester United in 2008.
In Saturday’s La Liga match, Pique started the game alongside Marcos Alonso in central defence, lasting 83 minutes before being replaced by Andreas Christensen.
Pique who broke down in tears while leaving the pitch, embraced the referee before being swamped by his Barcelona teammates.
The centre back handed the captain’s armband to Frenkie de Jong and received a hug from longtime teammate Jordi Alba.
Teenage duo Gavi and Pedri were also quick to run into Pique’s arms. As he left the pitch, he waved to every stand as supporters let out a huge shout of support.
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The footballer made 615 appearances for Barcelona, winning eight La Liga titles plus three Champions Leagues.
On the international stage, he won the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012 with Spain. In that time, he earned 102 caps for his country.
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