Barcelona captain, Carles Puyol ” Tarzan”, 36, after spending fifteen year in Barcelona in which he won 21 titles, bids an emotional farewell.
Puyol in front of a crowded conference room in tears, said his goodby to his teammates, coaches , fans and the President .
“I would never have thought then that I would have this great career,” he said.
“I’ve lived the dream of so many young kids, doing what I most enjoy in life, playing football and training. I’ve won lots of titles but the most important thing is the human warmth and feeling I take from this club. I came here as a boy and I’m leaving with a family who I’m really proud of.”
“The one thing I have very clear is that I gave my absolute all for Barcelona and for football and I would like to be remembered as a player who did just that – who gave everything,” he said.
“For 19 years I have been able to do what I love. I’ve won many trophies but what will remain with me is the human side of this club.”
Questioned for his most memorable moment , Puyol recalls to Abidal..
“It’s very difficult to pick a special moment – but if I had to choose one I’d say when Abidal lifted the Champions League trophy due to everything that it implied.”
Speaking of the most important game this season for Barca, ahead of Saturday’s clash for the title with Atletico Madrid :
“I don’t think I will need to give a speech to the squad before the match,” he said. “It’s a ‘final’ we have to win and with our supporters on our side, I am sure we will do it.”