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Twitter's Reaction to Carles Puyol's Decision to Leave Barcelona

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 02: Carles Puyol celebrates after scoring his team's third goal during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and UD Almeria at Camp Nou on March 2, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)
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Alex LivieFeatured ColumnistMarch 4, 2014

Carles Puyol announced on Tuesday that he would be calling time on his illustrious and trophy-laden career at Barcelona.

It's not a bad time for him to announce it, on the back of his first goal of the season for Barcelona—in the 4-1 win over Almeria.

Given his status at the Catalan club, it comes as no surprise that his decision has led to a flood of reaction on Twitter—and here is some of the best.

Puyol netted a stunning goal to lift Spain to a 1-0 win over Germany in the 2010 World Cup semi-finals, and Alex Richards was quick to find it:

Carles Puyol - Some header http://t.co/RJ1YQYiVpD

— Alex Richards (@AA_Richards) March 4, 2014

Barcelona were quick to pay their own tribute to a player who gave 19 years to the club:

#PHOTO | @Carles5puyol announces he will be leaving @FCBarcelona at the end of the 2013/14 season #GràciesPuyol pic.twitter.com/8UDvTwdE2T

FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) March 4, 2014

Puyol has said that he will continue to give his all, and we don't doubt it for a second:

"There are 3 months of the season left and I won’t be giving up", says @Carles5puyol #fcblive pic.twitter.com/MJiztda6ix

— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) March 4, 2014

Puyol is likely to have a flood of clubs banging down his door. But we feel Rob Dawson had his tongue firmly in cheek with this one:

David Moyes should find out if Carles Puyol can play in midfield.

— Rob Dawson (@RobDawsonMEN) March 4, 2014

AS have delved into their memory banks to find this clip of Puyol and his Barcelona pal Xavi:

A youthful Carles Puyol pictured with Xavi in August 2000. pic.twitter.com/UTSjMDcv6s

— AS English (@English_AS) March 4, 2014

And as Alex Dimond has stated, Puyol of 2000 has a similar look to Puyol of 2014:

A footballer with the exact same haircut for his entire career. We may never see Carles Puyol's like again (Jonjo Shelvey excepted).

— Alex Dimond (@alexdimond) March 4, 2014

Changing faces, yes, but not changing haircuts:

The changing faces of Puyol http://t.co/egMP3n7Bs9

— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) March 4, 2014

Puyol is not short of a few quid, and is sure to have some more coming his way, but to walk away from this sort of cash is bold:

Carles Puyol earns €8-9 million per year in current contract that ends in 2016.

— Juan Arango (@JuanG_Arango) March 4, 2014

Did they know something?

Last Friday's cover RT @SportQatar_: An emotional one for @sport's English language edition: pic.twitter.com/feRMpUHRho

— Rik Sharma (@riksharma_) March 4, 2014

We sort of knew Puyol's importance to Barca, but this proves it:

Carles Puyol: In the last 5 years, Barcelona have won 84.1% of the 88 La Liga matches Puyol has started and 74.4% of the 90 he did not

— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) March 4, 2014

 Legend is a word bandied around too often, but it's appropriate here:

@Football__Tweet: Carlos Puyol career titles. What a legend. #FCBarça pic.twitter.com/MQ0tLeuKYi

— Tom Brewitt (@TomBrewitt5) March 4, 2014

During his Barca days, a certain Jose Mourinho was on hand to take a look at Puyol in a spot of bother:

José Mourinho looks on as Puyol is given the magic sponge and Louis Van Gaal has a few words in training. pic.twitter.com/oqsX8EAsXP

— AS English (@English_AS) March 4, 2014

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