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Barca's Pique says he felt liberated with decision to retire

Barca's Pique says he felt liberated with decision to retire

Retired Barcelona defenseman Gerard Pique said he felt at ease after coach Xavi Hernandez dismissed him in the 83rd minutes of the 2-0 victory against Almeria on Saturday. He went off in tears, with a standing ovation at the crowd at Camp Nou.A 35 year old Pique revealed on his Twitter account on Thursday that it would be his last match at the stadium's historic apex after he made the decision to retire from soccer once LaLiga is suspended to play next week's World Cup next week.

It felt as if I took a burden off my shoulders when I left the pitch,Pique told DAZN.The recent months were extremely difficult, and I was feeling a sense of freedom today. It was a life-changing memory that I'll keep forever.I'm content to have given everything for this organization. There were both good and bad moments however I'm proud of my work. I'm sure I'll be leaving with a job that I'm proud of.

Pique was the first player to play as captain on the Saturday of an season in which he was subject to massive criticism for his poor performance and was subsequently thrown out of favor in the eyes of coach Xavi Hernandez who had reportedly requested him at the end of the season to quit or to retire.A trio of center backs have been signed, Andreas Christensen, Jules Kounde, Eric Garcia and the rise of newcomer Ronald Araujo has left Pique out of the game at the age of 35.

The pressure was increased on his salary, which is reportedly the most expensive for a club that is struggling financially and where every penny could impact the club's ability to sign or sign new players under the scrutinizing by La Liga's Financial Fair Play.According to various sources, Pique has decided to renounce his remaining year as well as the majority of his earnings. A move that will help Barcelona increase its Financial Fair Play margin.

Pique was exceptional today and has demonstrated that the more difficult the game is, the more it is worth it,Xavi told DAZN.I have also told him that he's legendary for us at Barca as well as we're grateful for his many years in the club.After the match, Pique was lifted in the air by his teammates and was greeted by the crowd who shouted continuously "President! President! President!" since he is widely considered as a potential president in Barcelona as a possible candidate to fill that post.

As one of the top center backs in his time, Pique collected 36 trophies over the course of his career that included the four Champions League titles plus a World Cup and European Championship in Spain.He is in addition a highly successful businessman as the co-founder of Kosmos Holding, a company which has significant investments in E-Sports and is the owner of Spain's second division team FC Andorra and signed a 25-year, $3 billion deal together with the International Tennis Federation to transform the Davis Cup, among other investments.

In June Pique declared his divorce from Colombian artist Shakira In April,he denied any wrongdoing in relation to his part in aiding the Spanish FA sign a deal to transfer the Spanish Super Cup to Saudi Arabia and earn Pique and his Kosmos firm $23.41 Million in compensation.I have a million things before me to pick from, I have to plan my life,Pique said.This is where I call home. My birthplace was here, and I'll be back. However, now is the time to spend time with my family. I'll go on vacation for a bit.Which reported by best betting websites malaysia.