Barcelona captain Sergio Busquets announced his impending departure from the club earlier this week, after 15 seasons at Camp Nou. On Thursday evening, Busquets had dinner with the rest of the squad as part of his farewell.
As reported by Jijantes, the Blaugrana squad turned out for Busquets’ goodbye event, which comes just three days ahead of their derby clash with Espanyol. The team have the day off on Friday, hinting that they might be able to celebrate the 34-year-old without holding back too much.
While Busquets is not seen as a quintessential leader, the reaction from teammates when the news broke showed that he perhaps held more weight than many realised. A number of current and former colleagues mentioned just how much the Catalan had helped them on their arrival to the club or promotion to the first team.
Despite a reputation as a player that goes down a little too easily early in his career, in recent years Busquets has had the respect of all, with his fellow professionals rarely having a bad word to say about him.