Farewell to Barcelona

The Economic Times - - Sports: The Great Games -

The life of an ath­lete is made by chal­lenges. Some are given to us. Others are fruits of our own de­ci­sions to keep the light that il­lu­mi­nates our ca­reer, which is in­tense, but short. Barcelona was much more than a chal­lenge, it was the dream of a child who played with those stars through the video game.

I ar­rived at Cat­alo­nia when I was 21 years old, filled with chal­lenges. I re­mem­ber my first days in the club, shar­ing the dress­ing room with idols like Messi, Valdés, Xavi, Ini­esta, Puyol, Piqué, Bus­quets and others with the ex­pec­ta­tion of play­ing in a club that is ‘more than a club’. Barcelona is a club that rep­re­sents Cat­alo­nia!

I had the hon­our of play­ing with the great­est ath­lete I’ve ever seen in my life and I’m sure I will not see an­other bet­ter, Messi be­came my part­ner, friend on and off the pitch. Proud to play with you. I formed an at­tack with Messi and Luis Suarez that is left for the story. I have con­quered every­thing an ath­lete can con­quer.

I have lived un­for­get­table mo­ments! I live in a city that is more than a city, it is a home­land. I love Barcelona and Catalunya.

But an ath­lete needs chal­lenges. And for the sec­ond time in my life I will take the op­po­site of my fa­ther. Papa, I un­der­stand and re­spect your opin­ion, but my de­ci­sion is taken, I ask you to sup­port me as you have al­ways done.

Barcelona and Catalunya will al­ways be in my heart but I need new chal­lenges.

I have ac­cepted the pro­posal of PSG to find new achieve­ments and help the club achieve the ti­tles that the fans ex­pect. I have pre­sented a dar­ing ca­reer plan and I am pre­pared for this chal­lenge.

I thank the af­fec­tion of the Blau­grana fans and all that I have learned from the ath­letes with whom I have shared a dress­ing room.

I also feel in my heart that the time has come to leave. PSG will be my new home for the next few years and I will work to hon­our the trust they place in my foot­ball.

I count on the sup­port of all. Fans, my friends, the pro­fes­sion­als who ac­com­pany me and my fam­ily, who have suf­fered a lot with prob­lems that have oc­curred in this pe­riod of my ca­reer and de­serve peace.

It is a dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion, but taken with the ma­tu­rity of my 25 years. Barcelona, gra­cios per tot! May God bless and pro­tect us.

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