Barcelona’s iconic center back is considering quitting Barcelona or retiring altogether due to on-going injury problems
According to reports in the Barcelona-based sports paper El Mundo Deportivo, Carles Puyol has hinted at either retiring or playing in a less demanding league because of his troubled knee injury. The 35-year-old icon has barely featured for Barcelona this term, making just a handful of appearances before returning to the treatment room.
The one-club man’s first start of the season was helping Barcelona to a solid clean sheet away at Osasuna in October, before going on to play sporadically, including coming off the bench during Barca’s 2-1 El Clásico victory over Real Madrid.
Puyol continues to have problems in his right knee, and Mundo Deportivo claims that he has already informed his team-mates and the coaching staff of his impending decision, and that he would be willing to hang up his boots or consider the possibility of playing in a less demanding league such as the MLS or the Liga MX if he sees no progress in his physical condition over the next couple of months.
Since making his debut in 1999 under Barcelona manager Louis Van Gaal, the Catalonia born role model has played in numerous positions including defensive midfielder, center back and right back and has a trophy haul to rival anyone in world football including:
6 La Liga titles
2 Copa Del Rey titles
6 Spanish Super Copa titles
3 Champions League winner medals
2 Uefa Super Cup medals
2 World Club Cup medals
1 Euro Championship winner medal with Spain in 2008
1 World Cup winner medal in 2010
Is it the right time for Carles Puyol to hang up his boots ?
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