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 Gerard Pique s retirement this weekend brings one of the most distinguished careers in FC Barcelona and Spain footballing history to a conclusion Pique won eight LaLiga titles and the UEFA Champions League three times with Barca He helped his national team lift their first FIFA World Cup in 2010 and the European Championship two years later The Los Cules great has decided to call it quits at the age of 35 after Barca s next match against Almeria on Saturday having turned out for his hometown club over 600 times A number of high profile names have hailed Pique since the announcement including the likes of Patrick Kluivert and Fabio Cannavaro Former centre back partner Carles Puyol called it a privilege to play alongside him Pique will retire as a Camp Nou legend with only four players featuring more times for Barca than his 614 These are Lionel Messi 778 Xavi 767 Sergio Busquets 694 and Andres Iniesta 674 all of whom helped form part of the dominant Barca team in the 2010s alongside Pique Pique started in Barca s youth ranks but left for Manchester United in 2004 where he won the English Premier League EPL and UEFA Champions League in the 20072008 season However Pique returned to Barca in 2008 and has won 422 of his 614 games in all competitions since He lifted 30 titles with the club in what was the most successful period in Barca s history Pique also made his mark at international level earning 102 caps for Spain between 2009 and 2018 and becoming one of just 13 players to feature 100 or more times for La Roja Pique played every minute of the final as they overcame the Netherlands 1 0 after extra time to lift their first World Cup in 2010 Spain then went on to win the 2012 Euros by routing Italy 4 0 in the final He scored five goals for Spain all against different opponents including three in qualifying for the 2010 World Cup Only Sergio Ramos 135 made more UEFA Champions League appearances as a defender than Pique 128 But he scored the joint most goals for a defender in the competition with Roberto Carlos 16 Perhaps his best UEFA Champions League season was the 20082009 campaign when he finished with the most ball recoveries 90 while only Xavi 967 completed more passes than him 695 There are just four players with more UEFA Champions League titles Karim Benzema Dani Carvajal Luka Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo all of whom are on five OLAL NewsSourceCredit NAN
FC Barcelona and Spain legend Pique retires Saturday

Gerard Pique

Gerard Pique’s retirement this weekend brings one of the most distinguished careers in FC Barcelona and Spain footballing history to a conclusion.

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Champions League

Pique won eight LaLiga titles and the UEFA Champions League three times with Barca.

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World Cup

He helped his national team lift their first FIFA World Cup in 2010 and the European Championship two years later.

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Los Cules

The Los Cules great has decided to call it quits at the age of 35 after Barca’s next match, against Almeria on Saturday, having turned out for his hometown club over 600 times.

Patrick Kluivert and Fabio Cannavaro

A number of high-profile names have hailed Pique since the announcement, including the likes of Patrick Kluivert and Fabio Cannavaro.

Carles Puyol

Former centre-back partner Carles Puyol called it a “privilege” to play alongside him.

Camp Nou

Pique will retire as a Camp Nou legend, with only four players featuring more times for Barca than his (614).

Lionel Messi

These are Lionel Messi (778), Xavi (767), Sergio Busquets (694) and Andres Iniesta (674) —- all of whom helped form part of the dominant Barca team in the 2010s alongside Pique.

Manchester United

Pique started in Barca’s youth ranks but left for Manchester United in 2004, where he won the English Premier League (EPL) and UEFA Champions League in the 20072008 season.

However, Pique returned to Barca in 2008 and has won 422 of his 614 games in all competitions since.

He lifted 30 titles with the club in what was the most successful period in Barca’s history.

Pique also made his mark at international level, earning 102 caps for Spain between 2009 and 2018 and becoming one of just 13 players to feature 100 or more times for La Roja.

World Cup

Pique played every minute of the final as they overcame the Netherlands 1-0 after extra time to lift their first World Cup in 2010.
Spain then went on to win the 2012 Euros by routing Italy 4-0 in the final.

World Cup

He scored five goals for Spain, all against different opponents, including three in qualifying for the 2010 World Cup.

Only Sergio Ramos

Only Sergio Ramos (135) made more UEFA Champions League appearances as a defender than Pique (128).

Roberto Carlos

But he scored the joint-most goals for a defender in the competition with Roberto Carlos (16).

UEFA Champions League

Perhaps his best UEFA Champions League season was the 20082009 campaign when he finished with the most ball recoveries (90), while only Xavi (967) completed more passes than him (695).

UEFA Champions League

There are just four players with more UEFA Champions League titles — Karim Benzema, Dani Carvajal, Luka Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo — all of whom are on five.

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