“One of the giants of our beautiful game”

Former England striker Gary Lineker posted a heartfelt tribute message after Barcelona defender Gerard Pique announced his retirement today (November 3rd).

The clash against Almeria this weekend (November 6) at Camp Nou will be the last time Pique will don the striped shirt. With that, a spectacular career will come to an end.

Pique has been a serial winner throughout his career with both club and country.

Lineker acknowledges the great achievements of players, as he wrote above Twitter:

“Best of luck to @3Gerardpique in retirement. One of our beautiful game giants. A simple football player who won it all. He will be missed.”

wish @3gerardpique The best of luck in his retirement. One of the giants of our beautiful game. A simple football player who has won it all. He will be missed.

A product of La Masia Academy, Pique made a premium debut for Manchester United during the 2004-05 season. He was sent on loan to Zaragoza Real during the 2006-2007 season.

Pique lifted the Premier League title and UEFA Champions League trophy with Manchester United in 2007-08 before joining the Catalan Club.

A legendary chapter begins then as he forms a formidable pairing with Carles Puyol at the heart of Blaugrana’s defense.

When Puyol retired in 2013, Pique brought with him the baton from the former Spain captain. He has won three UEFA Champions League titles, eight La Liga titles, three FIFA Club World Cup titles with Club Spain.

Pique’s career with Spain is also something of a legend. The 2010 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2012 are the biggest achievements of his fascinating international career.

Gerard Pique committed to return to Barcelona

Gerard Pique
Gerard Pique

Gerard Pique posted a heartfelt message as he announced his decision to retire from football. Legendary defender said:

“It’s been 25 years since I joined Barcelona. I’ve left and I’m back. Football and Barcelona have given me everything. Now is the time to bring this journey to the end.”

He added:

“I always say there won’t be any other club after Barcelona and that’s how. This Saturday will be my last game at Camp Nou. I will become a regular fan and support the team. I will pass on my love of Barcelona to my children as my family did to me. And you know me. Sooner or later, I will be back. I will see you at Camp Nou. Visca Barca , see you. “

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