Lionel Messi, Pep Guardiola, Andres Iniesta Bid Farewell To Sergio Busquets Ahead Of His Barcelona Exit

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Sergio Busquets will leave Barcelona at the end of the season with his former teammates reminiscing the nostalgic years they shared together in high-pitched farewell messages.

The legendary Barcelona and Spain midfield sensation shocked Barcelona fans when he opted to leave the club in the summer, putting an end to his decade-long legendary career at Camp Nou.

He was offered a new contract by the club but reportedly rejected it due a 70% pay cut proposed by the club.

Sergio Busquets

Since Sergio Busquets announced his imminent exit from Barcelona in the summer, tributes have been rolling in from his teammates and ex-teammates, including his former manager at the club Pep Guardiola.

Barcelona organized a farewell ceremony for Busquets with his former teammates sending their tributes to the player.

PSG forward Lionel Messi, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, and Vissel Kobe midfielder Andres Iniesta sent emotional and touching tributes to Sergio Busquets via a video call during the farewell ceremony.

Speaking in Spanish, Lionel Messi reiterated his love for Sergio Busquets while recalling the wonderful moments he shared with him during their time together at FC Barcelona.

“Hello Buse, apologies I can’t be there. For all these years, you gave so much to the club, and it was a privilege playing those many years with you and to share moments off the pitch, as well. I wish the very best to you and your family. I love you; you know.”

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Andres Iniesta congratulated Busquets for a great career with the club by saying;

“Congratulations brother for career trajectory at Barca. Beyond all the title s, appearances, and records, congratulations for everything you are leaving behind, the records you are leaving behind, your legacy, professionalism, and the examples you set.”

Pep Guardiola also congratulated Busquets recalling his five years with him at Barcelona and the great career he has made out of the club.

“It was a pleasure to share five years. Congratulations for your fantastic career. You are admired by all of us and you deserve everything that will come to you in life.”

Lionel Messi, Pep Guardiola, Andres Iniesta, and Busquets were the pivot of the legendary 2008 Barcelona squad.

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The Catalans soared to enviable heights with Pep Guardiola as manager, Lionel Messi as playmaker, Sergio Busquets and Andres Iniesta as co-playmakers, oiling the Barcelona juggernaut in 2008.

The club won a treble of three big club trophies – La Liga, Copa del Rey, and Champions League.

Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, and Sergio Busquets were all in their teens when they started their historic career at Barcelona then.

Andres Iniesta made his Barcelona debut in 2002. He played for 16 years for the club before leaving the club in 2018 for Vissel Kobe in Japan.

Lionel Messi made his Barcelona debut in 2004. He played for 17 years for the club before leaving in 2021 for PSG.

They won the La Liga, Champions League, Copa del Rey, FIFA Club World Cup, UEFA Super Cup and several individual awards together.

Sergio Busquets

Pep Guardiola became Barcelona manager in 2008 and led the club to the historic treble in his first season as manager.

Sergio Busquets made his Barcelona debut in 2008. He was among the few set of young promising stars that joined Pep Guardiola to Barcelona first team from Barcelona B.

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He has made 481 La Liga appearances for the club, winning the La Liga, Copa Del Rey, Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, and FIFA Club trophy.

Sergio Busquets is among the three big names, who established their career at Barcelona, but are hitting the exit door of Camp Nou this season. Gerard Pique announced his exit earlier this year. Jordi Alba is also on his way out.

The exit of the three players has been deemed as the end of the legendary squad in Barcelona which started in 2008, conquering Spain and Europe.

Sergio Busquets is yet to confirm his next destination after annoucing his imminent departure but he has been linked to a move to MLS as per ESPN.

How many goals has Sergio Busquets scored for Barcelona this season?

Sergio Busquets has scored no goal for Barcelona this season in all competitions. He has four La Liga assists for the club.

When will Sergio Busquets leave Barcelona?

Sergio Busquets announced he will leave Barcelona at the end of the season and has refused to renew his contract with the club.

How much is Barcelona paying Sergio Busquets?

Sergio Busquets’ weekly wage at Barcelona is £199,000. His estimated annual earning at the club is £10,348,000

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