The Spanish World Cup winner and twice European Champion, has become an ambassador for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.
Currently in the Chinese city of Shanghai ahead of the Laureus World Sports Awards, former Barcelona and Spain captain, Carles Puyol, was named as the latest Laureus Ambassador, on the eve of their annual World Sports Awards.
Puyol won everything there was to lay his hands on, when it comes to major silverware, both for his club and country.
Proud at his invitation to partake of such a role, Puyol declared: "I am very happy to join the Laureus Family. Sport has given me so much over the years and I want to do all I can to give back to society. I know Laureus has many projects and I think sport is a fantastic tool to inspire youth."
Puyol was joined by other footballing luminaries, such as former Real Madrid and England boss, Fabio Capello, iconic former Dutch star, Ruud Gullit, and ex-Manchester United striker and French international, Louis Saha. Legendary Olympic athletes, Edwin Moses and Daley Thompson.
All visiting the Datong Middle School as part of a publicity event, in comments to the gathered press, via Spanish outlet AS (and translated by Heath Chesters/HITC), Puyol also took time to answer some questions.
Firstly and asked about the knee problems, which ended his career with Barcelona at the end of last season, the 37-year-old responded: "Right now I want to recover the sensations in my knee. Only a few months back, I couldn't even walk down the stairs properly, but now I'm getting better all the time."
Many have pondered about what the future holds professionally for Puyol, whether he'll return to playing, or head now towards a coaching career. The strength of his problematic knee will play a part in that, of course, as he replied: "Playing or coaching? I'm not ruling out any options. Right now the only running I'm doing is after my daughter Manuela... and it's true that I would like to coach."
Recent comments from friends of Puyol in Catalan outlet, Mundo Deportivo, suggested that fitness really isn't a problem. Training "like Tarzan" - were the words used to describe his efforts, indicating that he's almost back to his peak physically.
As such, speculation has been mounting that Puyol is weighing up the idea of donning his boots again, for one final playing fling, and in the MLS. Questioned whether that's currently an option, he admitted: "It would be an interesting life experience."
However, the decision would be one focused as a family, given one of their homes is in the USA. Puyol concluded: "I don't just have to think about myself, but also about Vanessa and my daughter Manuela. We'll decide when the time comes."