Carles Puyol announced earlier in the week that he would be leaving Barcelona in the summer, which has resulted in his good friend and teammate Gerard Pique sending his fellow Spaniard a personal message on Facebook.
Pique took some time to write a lengthy Facebook post, about his teammate leaving. Here's how it read:
"You were my guardian angel.
"The day has arrived. You are leaving. It’s the law of life, but it is tough for me to imagine Barça without you. If I look back and remember Paris or Rome, the first image that comes to my mind is you lifting the European Cup.
"You gave the honour of lifting the trophy in Wembley to Abi, which just makes you even greater. My generation and those that come after do not know what the club will be like without Puyi in defence branding the captain’s armband and the number 5 on the back of his shirt. I think that nothing will ever be the same.
"I met you 6 years ago. You were the captain and the emblem of the team and I was just a kid arriving, set on conquering the world. From day one we had a great relationship, both on and off the field.
"By your side I felt protected and I knew that if one day I made a mistake you’d always be there to save me. You were my guardian angel.
"I know that I will miss our talks in the locker room, your advice and especially you giving us hell on the pitch. You are unique; a one-off. I find it amusing when they talk about signing “the new Puyol”. They can look all they want, but they’ll never find it.
"Thanks for everything, Puyi."
What a tribute from Pique to his long-time captain, teammate and friend.
Puyol has enjoyed a great career so far, winning the World Cup in 2010, the UEFA Champions League three times and being named to the FIFA World XI three times. Barcelona will miss their inspirational leader.
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