Busquets, whose contract ends this season, announced his decision with a video posted on social media.
It was not an easy decision, but the time has come, said 34-year-old Busquets. It was an honor, a dream and a reason to be proud to wear this badge.
Busquets joined Barcelona in 2005 and made the B team, coached by Pep Guardiola, after two seasons in the under-19 team. He helped the B team achieve promotion and eventually made his first-team debut in 2008.
He played 718 games for Barcelona, making him third all-time behind Xavi and record holder Lionel Messi. Busquets won 31 titles with the Catalan club, including three Champions Leagues and eight Spanish leagues.
He is going to end his career with another league title, as Barcelona has a 13-point lead in first place in the league with five games remaining.
One of Barcelona’s best defensive midfielders, Busquets has scored 18 goals and given 40 assists. He has been team captain for the past two seasons and was among the veteran players who accepted a salary cut during the club’s recent financial difficulties.
Busquets is the player with the most clasico appearances between Barcelona and Real Madrid, with 48.
He said: It was an unforgettable journey. Ever since I was a kid, coming to matches or watching them on TV, I always dreamed of playing in this jersey and in this stadium, and the reality has surpassed all my dreams. I wouldn’t have believed you if you had told me when I came to the youth team that I would play 15 seasons at the best club in the world, the club of my life.
Busquets has not said where he plans to play next season. Barcelona will play its last match on June 4 in the Spanish championship against Celta Vigo.
On May 3, UGA received an invitation for the team to visit the White House on June 12, but the university said the proposed date was not feasible due to the student-athlete calendar and the time of year.
In a statement, Bulldog said: the University of Georgia first received an invitation May 3 from the Bulldog soccer team to visit the White House on June 12. Unfortunately, the proposed date is not feasible given the student-athletes’ calendar and the time of year, he added. Nevertheless, we are grateful for the invitation and look forward to other opportunities for Georgia teams in the future. That means that over the past three seasons, noone national college soccer champion hasn’t visited the White House since the University of Louisiana women’s basketball team visited after the 2019 season.
Alabama and Georgia received no invitations when they won national titles in 2020 and 2021, respectively, due to COVID-19 pandemic protocols.
In response, Georgia’s political leaders issued a bipartisan resolution asking the White House to invite the Bulldogs in 2023 after the first time they were not invited. In response, the White House said: the President looks forward to welcoming the Georgia Bulldogs team to the White House.
Unfortunately, the Biden administration and the Georgia governing body could not agree on possible dates, and as a result the team will not visit the White House. Meanwhile, winners of the NCAA basketball tournaments, including the LSU women’s basketball team and the University of Connecticut men’s basketball team, have been invited to a separate ceremony on May 26 of this month.
However, some members of Georgia’s soccer team recently made headlines for the wrong reasons. Jalen Carter, one of the team’s star quarterbacks, was involved in a street race that resulted in the deaths of teammate Devin Willock and UGA soccer teammate Chandler LeCroy. Carter turned himself in to police in Athens, Georgia.
Stetson Bennett, the team’s quarterback, was found intoxicated in Dallas, leading to trouble with the law. Despite these gross violations, both players were selected in the NFL Draft a few weeks ago, with Carter being picked ninth by the Philadelphia Eagles and Bennett by the Los Angeles Rams in the fourth round.
Despite several setbacks and the disappointment of not being able to attend the White House, the Bulldogs soccer team is focused on moving forward and continuing its success in future seasons.