Pique says he felt liberated after his last football match
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique retired from football after Barcelona's game against Almeria on Saturday.
with two goals at Camp Nou, where Pique played for 83 minutes and then left the pitch to a standing ovation. During his 15 seasons at Barcelona the 35-year-old Pique managed to win 30 major trophies.
was criticised by supporters for his performance during the recent seasons and he was booed by a section of the fans earlier in the season for refusing to take a pay cut.
In an interview with DAZN, Pique who was on the bench in most of the recent month's games explains why he decided to retire before the end of the season.
“The truth is that I had not dreamed of an ending like this. I had never thought of leaving. I always thought ‘one more year’. Things happen in a certain way. I have always been very clear with myself. To see if it was working or not. These six months have been very difficult and I think that has been seen.
“Today has been a liberation. To be able to play from the beginning, in front of the people, to do it like that… I take this unforgettable memory with me. Life goes on and on to the next stage."
Many people think Pique wants to become Barcelona’s president as he insists that one day he will return to the club.
“Now a spectrum of a thousand things opens up. I have to organise myself a bit. I think this is my home. I was born here and I will return. It was time to part ways for a while. We will return with more strength. [Now I will] Enjoy with my family, my friends. After Pamplona, I’ll go on holiday to disconnect.”
Pique also says he gave everything to Barcelona and is leaving with his head held high.
“During the change I thought I was taking a weight off my shoulders. The last few months have not been easy. I am left with the satisfaction that I have given everything. Competing and playing I have always tried to give everything. Some days it goes worse or better, but I’ve given everything. That makes me feel proud. I’m leaving calm, happy, and with my homework done.”
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