After 18 years with the team, captain Sergio Busquets has announced he will leave Barcelona at the end of the current season.
The 34-year-old former Spain midfielder has appeared in 718 games for Barcelona, which ranks him as third most capped Player in the club’s history.
Eight La Liga titles, seven Copa del Reys, seven Spanish Super Cups, and three Champions Leagues are among the titles he has won with the team.
“Although it has not been an easy choice, I believe the moment has come” Busquets said.
“It has been an unforgettable journey,” he continued. “I’ve always wanted to play in this Jersey and at this stadium. My dreams have been surpassed by reality”.
“For so many years, it has been a privilege, a dream, a source of pride, and everything to defend and represent this symbol”.
“But everything has a start and a finish. I want to express my gratitude to everyone who contributed, from the very beginning to the very end“.
Busquets joined the squad as a young player in 2005, making a leap to Barca’s B team before making his first-team debut under manager Pep Guardiola in a league match against Racing Santander in 2008.
The defensive midfielder is on track to finish his Barcelona career with a ninth league championship.
He has also won three European Super Cups and three Club World Cups with the Spanish Giants.