FC Barcelona, the leaders of the Spanish Football League, announced today, Wednesday, that defensive midfielder Sergio Busquets will leave the club at the end of the current season, after spending 18 years with the Catalan team.
Busquets, 34, started his youth career at Barcelona in 2005 before making his first-team debut in 2008.
The former Spanish international carried the captaincy of the team in the past two seasons, in appreciation of his prominent role with the club.
– FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) May 10, 2023
Busquets helped Barcelona win La Liga titles, 7 King’s Cup titles, 3 European Champions League titles, and 3 Club World Cup titles.
“I felt very proud to wear the captain’s armband, but everything has an end,” Busquets said on Instagram today, Wednesday.
Busquets, who retired from international football last year, played more than 700 matches with Barcelona, and holds the record for more appearances in the summit matches in Spain than any other player, as he played 48 matches against rivals Real Madrid.
Busquets may add another league title to his achievements this season, as Barcelona leads the standings by 13 points from his closest pursuers, 5 matches before the end.
And Spanish media reported that Busquets had accepted an offer from the Saudi club Al-Hilal.