Barca legend Busquets commemorated by the Football world in a frenzy of bewildering exclamation!
In the most shocking news to hit the football world, Sergio Busquets, the iconic midfielder, has announced that he will be leaving Barcelona in June when his contract expires. This will mark the end of an incredibly successful era at the club, which has seen Busquets lift 31 trophies and become third on Barcelona’s all-time appearance list, with a staggering 718 games played. The 34-year-old has been an integral part of the team since breaking into the first team in 2008 under then coach Pep Guardiola, and has since won the Champions League three times and La Liga on eight occasions, making him one of Barcelona’s most decorated players.
“The moment has arrived to announce this is my last season at Barcelona,” exclaimed Busquets on Instagram. “It has been an unforgettable journey.” Players and fans alike are in mourning following the announcement, with Paris Saint-Germain forward and longtime friend Lionel Messi taking to Instagram to express his sadness. “On the pitch you were always No 5, but in reality as a player and as a person, you are a 10, Busi,” said the Argentine playmaker. “Thank you for everything on and off the pitch.”
While Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez tried to convince Busquets to stay for another season, the midfielder made the tough decision to end his time at the club he’s called home for over a decade. Even rival Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric praised Busquets, calling him “one of the best players I have played against.”
As for Busquets’ future, the midfielder unsurprisingly didn’t reveal where he might go next, with rumours suggesting he may move to a team in Saudi Arabia. Barcelona president Joan Laporta hinted that Busquets might return to the club one day in a different role, saying “Sergio is part of our crest, and will always have Barca as his home. He is a Barca fan through his roots and has Barca in his blood – he will have a longer Barca journey.”
Despite the sadness surrounding Busquets’ departure, fans can still celebrate the rest of the season, as Barcelona look set to triumph in La Liga for the first time in four years. And with the World Cup winner and European Championship victor still at the top of his game, there’s surely more success to come in the future.