How old is Gerard Piqué: defender to retire at 35
The Barcelona and Spain defender has announced that he will play his last game at the Camp Nou this Saturday against Almería.
Gerard Piqué, who announced his retirement from professional football today, Thursday, was born on February 2, 1987, making him 35 years old.
The Barcelona and Spain defender tweeted an emotive video explaining that this Saturday will be his last game at Camp Nou, Barcelona’s home stadium.
Who will Barcelona be playing when Piqué retires?
Barcelona are playing Almería this weekend at Camp Nou in LaLiga. The match kicks off at 4 p.m. ET, which is 9 p.m. local time.
We are waiting on news as to whether there will be any special event for Piqué before or after the match.
Piqué to retire at 35
Gerard Piqué joined Barcelona when he was 10 years old, playing for the youth teams as a defensive midfielder, however he joined Manchester United as a youngster, before signing a professional contract with Barça.
He rejoined Barcelona in 2008, with the Catalan giants paying $5.5 million for him.
Full text of Piqué's retiral video
In the emotive video, full of footage of Piqué as a young boy, that the player posted to his Twitter account, Piqué says the following as he announces his retirement:
“Culers [Barcelona fans], it’s Gerard. The last few weeks, months, lots of people have been talking about me. Until now, I haven’t said anything. But now, I want to be the one talking about me. Like many of you, I’ve always been a Barça fan. I was born into a football loving family of Barça fans. From a very young age I didn’t want to become a football player I wanted to be a Barça player. I’ve been thinking a lot about that kid lately. About what little Gerard would have thought, if he’d been told all his dreams would come true. That he would make it to the Barça first team. That he would win every trophy possible. That he would become European Champion and World Champion. That he would play alongside the best players in history. That he would become one of the team’s captains. That he would make friends for life. It’s been twenty-five years since I joined Barça. I left and I came back. Football has given me everything. Barça has given me everything. You, culers, have given me everything. And now that all that kid’s dreams have come true I want to tell you that I’ve decided that now is the time to bring this journey to its end. I’ve always said that there would not be any other team after Barça. And that’s how it will be. This Saturday’s game will be my last at Camp Nou. I will become a regular fan. I will support the team. I will pass my love for Barça to my children. Like my family did with me. And you know me. Sooner or later I’ll be back. I’ll see you at Camp Nou. Long live Barça. Always.”
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