Laporta, Reyna, Gaspart and Nuñez

Laporta, Reyna, Gaspart and Nuñez. PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB.

FC Barcelona’s farewell to Carles Puyol saw a cadre of personalities attend the Auditorio 1899. From former presidents, former managers and former players to rivals and Spanish national team teammates. All of them agree: “Carles Puyol is an example.

Josep Lluís Nuñez, former FC Barcelona president

“He’s a player, but more importantly he’s a quality person.”

“The sad part of life for a player is when he ends his career.”

Joan Gaspart, former FC Barcelona president

“He’s a good person, he has a huge heart and he’s a spectacular Culé. He loves Barça and he gave everything he had on the pitch.”

“He’s made an honest decision.”

Joan Laporta, former FC Barcelona president

“We will always remember him. He’s the greatest captain in Barça history.”

“Puyol is a leader in the dressing room and an excellent man. He’s always been up to the task.”

Johan Cruyff, former FC Barcelona player and manager

“His trajectory says it all. It’s not necessary to add anything else. He’s always been there and he’s an example.”

“He knows so much, I’m sure it will benefit him in the future.”

Radomir Antic, former FC Barcelona manager

“He’s a genius. A lad that was wort it, a great professional.”

“In my time I had to change his position so that I could take advantage of his characteristics.”

Joan Martínez Vilaseca, former coordinator of Barça’s youth program

“No one expected us to win the cups he lifted, but he was excited and eager and he proved it was possible.”

Migueli, former FC Barcelona player

“We all know what Puyol is. He gave everything for his team, nothing more can be asked of him.”

“He’s always been a leader, a captain that people followed.”

Iván de la Peña, former FC Barcelona player

“He’s an example for everyone, especially the youngsters at La Masia.”

“Our friendship continues. I love him like a brother.”

José Antonio Camacho, former Real Madrid player and Spanish national team coach

“It’s a shame that people like Puyol have to say goodbye one day. He’s touched us all.”

Fernando Hierro, former Real Madrid player

“He’s an example for all defenders, the youngsters… I was lucky to be his teammate with Spain.”