No one saw this coming, as the Spanish and Barcelona defender announces his retirement from football after this coming Saturday’s game against UD Almeria.
Gerard Bernabéu Piqué was born on February 2, 1987 in Barcelona, Spain. He is a Spanish professional footballer who currently plays as a centre-back for La Liga club Barcelona.
He started his professional football career with Manchester United in 2004. In Manchester United he scored 2 goals in 12 matches.
After that he was loaned to Real Zaragoza in 2006-2007 season. Gerard went back to Manchester United in 2007, but he said that he wants to go back to Spain.
In 2008, Gerard signed a contract with Barcelona, worth 50 million Euro. The 35-year-old Gerard has been with the Barcelona team for 14 years and is considered one of the best defenders in his time.
Piqué already retired from the Spain National team in 2018 after that year’s World Cup, where Russia knocked them out in a penalty shootout. The defender made 102 appearances at international level, scoring five goals.
Gerard Pique played alongside with other legends like, Puyol, Anderes Iniesta, Xavi, Yaya Toure, Lionel Messi and etc.
He has helped FC Barcelona win so many trophies in his time. Below are the list of trophies and the years he helped the club achieve the trophies.
Supercopa de España: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2016, 2018.
La Liga: 2008/09, 2009/10, 2010/11, 2012/13, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2017/18, 2018/19.
FIFA Club World Cup: 2009, 2011, 2015.
Copa del Rey: 2008/09, 2011/12, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18, 2020/21.
UEFA Champions League: 2008/09, 2010/11, 2014/15.
UEFA Super Cup: 2009, 2011, 2015.
Fans and teammates are very much surprised at his retirement and never expected it so soon. He is a legend and would never be forgotten in the world of football.