It’s all there.
The most successful captain to have every graced us.
600 games, 21 titles, 10 years as Captain.
But, it’s not even the half of it, not even a damn quarter.
You see a man like Puyol is nothing short of heroic. A great man, a kind man, and that’s what’s going to be hard to replace:
Someone that will inspire not only the team but the people. People forget that Barca was not always this reckoning force that they are now, there were dark times for our club and he prevailed through all of it. He brought us together made us proud to call these men, this team, ours even at the face of defeat.
"If you ask who is the most important player at FC Barcelona, almost everyone names Xavi and Iniesta. Without a doubt, they are important. But for me, Carles Puyol is the crucial figure. He leads the team. With his whole nature he is crucial for the team, even if others are technically better." - Bastian Schweinsteiger
At twelve years old he became my captain, capita. Now at twenty-one I don’t believe I will ever be as inspired by anyone wearing that armband as him.
So, yes, thank you Puyi for the titles, for the triumphs.
But thank you even more for allowing Abidal to lift the 2011 Euro Cup after he had come back from chemo and surgeries. For shouldering the cost of Miki Roque’s operation in humbled silence to help a fellow human, not for glory. For being quick to defend the strength of the National Team’s cohesion after that one horrid clásico.
Thank you for your character, for being a living legend to us. You are greater than your career. You have instilled honor, respect into your fans through every action you have carried out. Through your undying spirit, your commitment to your players, your love to the beautiful game.
There will never be another Carles Puyol.
Te quiero tanto Capita!