Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has announced his retirement from football and will play his last game against Almeria at Camp Nou on Saturday.
The 35-year-old defender announced his retirement in a video shared on his Twitter page with the caption “Culers, I have something to tell you.”
He added: “Culers, it’s Gerard. Over the past few weeks and months, many people have been talking about me.
“Until now I haven’t said anything, but now I want to be the one to talk about me.
“Like many of you, I have always been a fan of Barcelona and I was born into a football family.
“From a young age I didn’t want to be a footballer. I wanted to be a footballer at Barcelona.
‘I’ve been thinking a lot about that kid lately, what little Gerard would have thought if he’d been told all his dreams would come true.
“That he would make the first team in Barcelona and win every possible trophy.
“That he would become European and world champion and play with the best in the world.
“That he would become one of the captains of the team and make friends for life.
“It’s been 25 years since I came to Barcelona. I left and then came back.
“Football has given me everything. Barcelona has given me everything.
“You, Culers, gave me everything.
“And now that all of that child’s dreams have come true, I want to tell you that I’ve decided that now is the time to bring this journey to an end.
“I always said there would be no other team after Barcelona and it will be.”
“Saturday’s game will be my last at Camp Nou.
“I will become a new fan and support the team and pass on my love for Barcelona to my children, like parents did for me.
“You know me, and sooner or later I’ll be back.
“Goodbye Camp Nou and long live Barcelona.”
The Catalonia-born centre-back began his career with Manchester United before moving to Barcelona in 2008.
In Barcelona, Pique played over 600 games and won 31 trophies, including four Champions Leagues and eight La Liga titles.