Barcelona captain Carlos Puyol has announced he is to leave the club at the end of the season.
The 35-year-old who has won all the games top honours at domestic, European and International level has been plagued by injury in recent times.
He explained his decision to the media: “The reason we called you in was because I want to announce I will be leaving Barcelona at the end of this season. The club knows and we have agreed on the terms. We will end my contract and cancel the two years I had left. After the two last and very aggressive operations I have had I am finding it very hard to get back to the level I want for myself. It is harder than I expected and harder than what I was told by the doctors. So that is why I am taking this decision.”
The player, a World Cup winner with Spain, said he would take a break at the end of the current season after 19 years at the club.