The Barca in recent weeks has sucked so much out of me. Along with the news of Anna’s miscarriage, I can’t take much more honestly
I have the memory of South Africa, I can still hear, and I believe I will always be able to hear, the sound of Leo crying when we were knocked out against Germany.
He came up to me and I told him that he would have a pile of World Cups to get revenge. I said it to him with the heart. They were all thinking about the return, about their tickets… and he was there, distraught, crying.
That is something very strong, something that the Argentine people need to know. Because when people say he does not ‘feel’ the shirt, does not sing the anthem, those who say that are fools.
Maradona said that both he and Messi still feel the pain of Argentina’s 4-0 exit to Germany in the quarter-finals of the 2010 World Cup.
Every ball in World Cup history.
"You were my guardian angel..."
During this time in Barcelona much has changed, but the Captain is always the same! Eternal Puyol! Thank you!
My guardian angel,
The day has come. You’re going. While it is a law of life, it is impossible for me to imagine a Barça without you. If I look back and remember Paris or Rome, the first image that comes to mind is you lifting the European Cup. In Wembley you’re ceding the honor to Abi, a detail that still makes you greater. My generation and those that come behind do not know what a Barça is without Puyi in defense, with the armband and the ’5’ on the back. I guess nothing will ever be the same.
I met you almost 6 years ago. You were the captain and emblem of the team and I a youth coming to take on the world. From the first day we had a great relationship, as much on the field as off it. By your side I felt protected, knowing that if one day I failed, you would be there to save me. You are my guardian angel.
I want you to know that I will miss our talks in the locker room, your advice and especially your “quarrels” on the pitch. You are unique. It makes me laugh when they talk about signing ‘the new Puyol’. May they keep looking, because they will never find him.
Thanks for everything, Puyi. (x)
Carles Puyol press conference 4.3.2014