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:
Barcelona were quick to pay their own tribute to a player who gave 19 years to the club:
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:
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:
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?
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:
During his Barca days, a certain Jose Mourinho was on hand to take a look at Puyol in a spot of bother:
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