“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,” Piqué, 35, mentioned in a video posted by way of Twitter on Thursday, November 3, noting that FC Barcelona’s match towards UD Almería on Saturday, November 5, might be his final recreation.
The Spain native shared that he has “always been a Barca fan” all through his life, explaining that he was “born into a football-loving family of Barca fans” and knew from “a very young age” that he didn’t simply need to play soccer — he wished to play for FC Barcelona.
“I’ve been thinking a lot about that kid lately,” he mentioned. “About what little Gerard would have thought if he had been told that all of his dreams would come true. That he would make it to Barca 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.”
The defender’s profession started in 1997 at age 10 when he joined the membership’s youth workforce U12B. In 2004, Piqué joined Manchester United in England, and 4 years later, he returned to his residence metropolis to play for FC Barcelona. The athlete has helped his workforce win varied honors since, together with three UEFA Champions League titles and three Club World Cups.
In his retirement message, Piqué defined that after 25 years enjoying the sport, Barca “has given me everything,” however he’s prepared to look forward at what’s subsequent.
“Now is the time to bring this journey to its end. I’ve always said that there would not be any other team after Barca. And that’s how it will be,” he mentioned, earlier than including that he’s trying ahead to changing into a “real fan” off the sphere.
“I will pass my love for Barca to my children,” the World Cup champion, who shares sons Milan, 9, and Sasha, 7, with ex Shakira, gushed within the video clip. “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 Barca. Always.”
This isn’t the one goodbye Piqué has made previously few months. In June, the soccer participant and the “She Wolf” singer, 45, introduced that they called it quits after 12 years collectively.
“We regret to confirm that we are separating. For the wellbeing of our children, who are our highest priority, we ask that you respect their privacy,” the duo mentioned in a joint assertion to Reuters on the time.
Earlier that month, the twosome sparked cut up hypothesis after experiences surfaced that Shakira caught Piqué having an affair. Neither of the exes have addressed the claims straight.
In September, the “Whenever, Wherever” songstress opened up to Elle in regards to the issue of ending a long-term relationship whereas within the highlight.
“I’ve remained quiet and just tried to process it all. It’s hard to talk about it, especially because I’m still going through it, and because I’m in the public eye and because our separation is not like a regular separation. And so, it’s been tough not only for me, but also for my kids,” she defined. “This might be the darkest hour of my life. But then I take into consideration all these girls around the globe who’re going via hardship, who’re going via a state of affairs as dangerous as mine or as tough as mine or worse.