They have shared in Spain's greatest footballing moments, and also battled it out on the pitch in La Liga.
Now Fernando Torres has paid tribute to Carles Puyol, who will go down as one of the greatest defenders in his country's history.
Puyol and Barcelona announced yesterday that his contract would be terminated in the summer, in the interests of player and club, with injuries taking their toll on the 35-year-old.
"I don't know what I will do after 30 June, but I'm sure that in the summer I will rest," he told a press conference.
Torres' Chelsea teammate David Luiz, who strikes an uncanny resemblance to Puyol due to his hair, has been strongly tipped to replace him at Barcelona at the end of the season.
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