18 years affiliated with the club, and 15 years in the first team during a trophy-laden era, Carles Puyol will bow out as Barcelona captain on Saturday as a true club legend.
Puyol has been through the injury wringer in recent years, and so much time on the treatment table has taken its toll: he’s retiring only because his body can physically no longer take the demands.
Puyol’s retirement is set to be followed by Victor Valdes’ and possibly Xavi’s next year, signalling the shifting of an era.
The club have prepared a lovely tribute video for Puyol, featuring Xavi, Iniesta, Guardiola, and van Gaal – who gave Puyol his debut for the Cules.
And a pretty awkward first TV appearance, in which he was described as ‘the hairiest one!’
18 years with that shaggy crop, that’s some serious hair dedication.