Barcelona legend Carles Puyol celebrates turning 38 in Vietnam

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Carles Puyol became a Barcelona legend with his 3 Champions League wins and 6 La Liga titles, and it looks like there's no chance of him slipping out of the spotlight.

Puyol hasn't played since 2014, but his reputation as one of the best defenders of his generation clearly hasn't been forgotten.

'So much passion for football'

As he celebrated his 38th birthday, he was welcomed by swathes of Vietnamese fans, who presented him with a cake. 


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Writing on his official Instagram page, Puyol said: "Thank you so much Vietnam, I didn't expect so much passion for football. It's been 6 fantastic days."

Puyol was joined by Ruud Gullit as he embarked on the Champions League trophy's annual tour. 

The trip tops off a busy few months for the ex-Barcelona man, who set up a football agency in November. 

Hero's welcome for Puyol 

Having turned down the chance to work with Roberto Mancini at Inter Milan, he is now dealing as an agent with his former team-mate Ivan de la Pena. 

It's no surprise that Puyol is so fondly-remembered considering the length and success of his career. In addition to his success with Barcelona, he was instrumental in Spain's Euro 2008 triumph, as well as their World Cup win in 2010. 

His professional career spanned over 700 games, including 6 for the Catalonian national team. 

Where does Puyol rank among Barcelona's great players? Have your say in the comments!

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