Barcelona defender, Carles Puyol at a packed press conference today (Tuesday) shocked fans of the Spanish club as he announced he will be leaving Camp Nou at the end of the season after 14 years at the club.
‘After two knee operations I can no longer perform as I wish’ but assured supporters, ‘there are three months of the season to go and I will not drop my guard between now and then’.
He also ruled himself out of the World Cup in June and will play no part for Spain’s national team. Discussing the future of his career, he had this to say:
‘I need to rest at the end of the season and then we will see,’
His game for Barcelona last weekend was his 593rd for the club. Xavi Hernandez is the only outfield player at Barcelona who has had more appearances (709).
The fact that he was not replaced by Barca before the season commenced has been labeled a poor decision by many soccer pundits. Barcelona officials were aware he might not be able to play week in, week out. A large percentage of goals conceded by the team has been through corner kicks.