Barcelona's Carles Puyol Retires in 2nd Place on Club's All-Time Matches List

Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffMay 21, 2014

ELCHE, SPAIN - MAY 11: Carles Puyol of FC Barcelona looks on prior to the La Liga match between Elche FC and FC Barcelona at Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero on May 11, 2014 in Elche, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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With the recent announcement of his retirement, ESPN Stats & Info notes that defender Carles Puyol will leave FC Barcelona as the second-most capped player in the storied club's history.

According to the club's official website, Puyol's 593 matches in a Barca kit rank second to only Xavi Hernandez's 717. Puyol became captain of the only club he's ever played for back in 2004, taking over for Luis Enrique, who was named the newest club manager last week.

Puyol enjoyed a career filled with championships, as he won 21 major titles, including six La Liga and three UEFA Champions League trophies.

However, he leaves Barca after one of the club's worst seasons in recent memory, as the Catalan giants failed to reach the semifinals of the Champions League while also finishing second in the La Liga table and losing in the Copa del Rey Final to rival Real Madrid.

Barca had an excellent chance to win its seventh league crown with Puyol, but failed to defeat Atletico Madrid at Camp Nou last Saturday. The match finished with a 1-1 draw, giving Atletico its first league title since 1996.

Making matters worse for Barca fans, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid will face each other in the Champions League final this Saturday.