Puyol, Bartomeu and Zubizarreta seated at today's event

Bartomeu and Zubizarreta alongside Carles Puyol / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

Club President  Josep Maria Bartomeu was one of many members of the Barça family at the farewell event for Carles Puyol this lunchtime and he spoke of the “example of sacrifice and commitment that Carles has provided, telling the Club captain:  “there is only one thing I can say to you, thank you”.

Bartomeu wished Puyol the best for the future and assured him: “ your connection with Barça hasn’t ended here. The Camp Nou will pay you the tribute you so deserve. You are the best captain in Barça’s history”.

For Zubizarreta: "a great leader"

Following the President’s words, Sporting Director Andoni Zubizarreta also spoke, claiming “anybody else who thinks they’ve achieved anything in football, just needs to look at Puyol. He’s a great leader and  a player you’d always want on your side. A leader isn’t someone who barks instructions, it’s someone who says ’follow me’ and that is what Puyol has left this Club”.

Teammates' tribute

Xavi Hernández then spoke on behalf of the players, telling his teammate: “we have so many things to thank you for- thank you for everything you have given us, your courage, bravery, sacrifice and your generosity”.

 “15 years is a long time and you have always given everything for the team. You are the most professional player I have ever known. You are a part of Barça and Barça needs you”.

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