The final day of the La Liga campaign is upon us and it will be a day of many goodbyes.
Up and down the country many a manager and player is expected to say goodbye to their respective clubs. In some cases the departures are set in stone.
Eric Abidal will wave bye to his adoring Barcelona fans who have been so enthralled by his story during his time in Catalonia. At the same time Malaga boss Manuel Pellegrini will also be waving goodbye to the Malaga fans; but don’t expect tears from the hardened Chilean.
Jose Mourinho, Michael Essien and Ricardo Carvalho said ‘Adios’ to Real Madrid in the late afternoon game with Osasuna.
Bilbao stars Fernando Amorebieta and Fernando Llorente will play their final minutes for Athletic Bilbao; the club itself said goodbye to its historic San Mames stadium earlier in the week and manager Marcelo Bielsa is being linked with a move away.
Benat, Phillipe Montanier, Roque Santa Cruz, Martin Demichelis, Gio Dos Santos, Thiago Alcantara; all players and staff who may leave in the summer.
But the goodbye that caught my eye was that of 41-year-old goalkeeper Ricardo.
The former Manchester United man came into the game for Osasuna in the second half to replace Asier Riesgo for his final ever competitive appearance.
Of course Manchester United fans should be familiar with the name as he played for The Red Devils back in 2002-2005.
He barely made an impact on the club but one thing that was never in doubt was his class; something that paved the way for an excellent post United career in Spain with Osasuna.
But he has retired before. He originally gave up the game at the end of last season but took a leaf out of former team-mate Paul Scholes’ book by deciding to come out of retirement to answer the call of his former club in need.
The La Liga side were desperately fighting relegation at the time and suffered a goalkeeping injury crisis so he came back as back-up; but did not feature until his cameo against Real earlier.
This time though he really does mean his retirement; with his age finally catching up with him he stated with his usual good grace:
"I don't quit football, football quits me".
And we doubt anyone would begrudge him a happy retirement as he is definitely one of football’s good guys.
What do you make of La Liga’s day of goodbyes?
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