Barcelona star Gerard Pique announced his retirement from football and this came as a shocker to the soccer community. Gerard Pique announced that he’ll be playing his last game on Camp Nou, Barcelona on Saturday.

The Barcelona star Gerard Pique announced that this will take place when the Spanish league takes a break for the World Cup.

The 35 year old Barcelona star Gerard Pique announced that Saturday’s game against Almeria in LaLiga will be his final game at Camp Nou for the Catalan club after 14 years in the first team following his return from Manchester United in 2008.

The last few weeks, months, people have been talking about me,” Pique said in a video posted across social media. “Until now, I have not said anything, but now I want to be the one who is talking about me.

Barcelona star Gerard Pique announced his retirement and had this to say:

“Like many of you, I have always been a Barcelona fan. I was born into a football-loving family. From a very young age, I did not want to become a footballer; I wanted to play for Barca.

“Recently, I have thought a lot about that kid. If he had been told he would fulfil all his dreams — that he would play for Barca, that he would win every trophy possible, that he would be a European and world champion.

“That he would play with the best players in history, that he would become one of the team’s captains. … Football has given me everything. You, the fans, have given me everything. And now my childhood dreams have been fulfilled, I want to tell you that I’ve decided that now is the time to bring this journey to its end.

“I have always said that after Barcelona there will be no other team, and that is how it will be. This Saturday’s game will be my last at Camp Nou.

“I will become a regular fan, I will support the team and transmit my love for the club to my kids, like my family did with me. And you know me, sooner or later I will be back. See you at Camp Nou. Visca Barca, always and forever

Pique, who will turn 36 in January already has a number of some other interest outside of football. He has also mentioned that he has intentions of running as Barcelona’s president once he retires, although in recent years he has suggested that, although that actually remains an option, this isn’t something that he intends to pursue.