"You cannot feel the presence of Busquests when he is on the pitch but you can feel when he is not." One of the most underrated players ever to play football. Sergio Busquets' 18 years of commitment to Barcelona is coming to an end as he is leaving the club at the end of 2023 summer. He announced his decision on Wednesday via social media in an emotional video.
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"It has been an honour, a draw and a source of pride to have been able to wear this badge but everything must come to an end." The midfielder also admitted, "It hasn't been an easy decision but the time has come," before thanking "all those people who have accompanied me on this journey, as well as the members and fans."
The Blaugrana Skipper gave his farewell after 18 seasons at Barça. He came to the Club in 2005. With the commitment that has always been his trademark, he finally made his debut for the first team in 2008 in a league game against Racing Santander. It was not long before Busquets became a vital part of the side that won six trophies in a calendar year.
Since then Sergio has become a key member of the squad and for the last two seasons, he has been captain of the first team. After two years of wearing the armband, he says goodbye with a long list of honours and a style of play recognised around the world.
There is not a slight doubt that Sergio Busquets is one of the best players ever to represent the Club. His story at Barça is one of class and commitment in the centre of midfield. Sergio's talent and his ability to read the game have made him one of the best defensive midfielders in the game. Sergio has scored 18 goals and provided 40 assists in his Barça career. Busquets has also played in more Clásicos than any other player with 48 games to his name, 23 having ended in victory.
The Catalan has played 718 matches in a Barça shirt which places him third on the all-time list. He is one of the players who have won the most trophies as a Blaugrana. Busquets' 31 winners' medals have come thanks to 8 league titles, 7 Copas del Rey, 7 Spanish Super Cups, 3 Champions Leagues, 3 European Super Cups and 3 Club World Cups.
Sergio Busquets still has the remainder of the 2022/23 season ahead of him. He will represent the club for a few more weeks as a Blaugrana. This season the midfielder has remained a vital part of Xavi Hernández's team. In his 27 appearances, he has provided 4 assists this season. In short, in his final season at FC Barcelona, Busquets has the chance to end his career as a Blaugrana in the best possible way, adding another league title to his already impressive list of honours.