Which Barca star isn't planning to do a Ryan Giggs or Paolo Maldini?

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Barcelona star Sergio Busquets isn’t planning to have a Paul Scholes or Ryan Giggs type length of career.

The 25-year-old Spanish midfielder has revealed that he doesn’t want to play into his mid to late thirties, suggesting he’ll retire when he gets to the age of 34-years-old.

It’s a surprising admission considering he’s part of one of the greatest Barcelona teams there has ever been and someone who is relatively assured of his place at the Nou Camp in a squad filled with world class talent.

“I’ve got a feeling that I won’t have a very long career; I can’t see myself still playing when I’m 34,” he told Spanish newspaper AS.

It’s also a little surprising considering the reception that icons of the game get when they play in Spain.

The best example is the standing ovation Ryan Giggs received when he played for Manchester United at the Bernabeu against Real Madrid last season.

While Spanish football is dominated by two major clubs, fans in general all over La Liga and the lower leagues are very knowledgeable and appreciate the uniqueness and commitment of certain stars playing across the world for their love of football.

It’s an admission which may annoy several in the light of players like Giggs and others who have purposefully stayed fit and healthy so they can continue to play some sort of role for their teams before they officially call it a day.

It’s a blow to any side that would have been hoping to snap up a player of Busquets’ calibre as he draws in on the latter stage of his career over the next few years.

Quite often high profile players who have grown used to a certain level of football will make a late move to another European or global league to experience something new before they retire.

However, Busquets is not going to be one of them which is a shame because take away all the diving and strategic play acting and underneath there is a very good footballer.

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