Carles Puyol, an oasis in the desert of modern football

Carles Puyol, an oasis in the desert of modern football
Carles Puyol, Legend FC Barcelona (Vavel)

Last update April 8, 2020 by Javier Argudo

Carles Puyol is already legend of football in general and the FC Barcelona in particular. Captain culé accounted for almost 20 years the values ​​of the sport of yesteryear in which there is almost no sign today.

In the World Cup 2010, Spain started among the favorites in the sports forecasts prior to the event. The team of Vicente del Bosque He came as new champion of Europe after break, at last, with a losing streak. The spirit and the group of Luis Aragones was practically the same and it showed.

that World, like is logic, He had its key moments for the Spanish combined. Surely, If we had to choose one, would be the head of Carles Puyol in the semifinals against Germany. The defense raised in the heart of the area and finished with soul, with the force of a whole country, days after, He celebrated the championship thanks to the goal of his friend Andres Iniesta.

Carles Puyol Germany
Puyol's header against Germany is already part of the history of Spanish football (uncheck)

That was one of the snaps to a career exemplary. Carles Puyol It was an example of what should be a captain of a club like Barca. Fight, delivery, courage and nobility were some of the main qualities on and off the pitch.

Since its debut, Puyol and he showed that he wanted to take on the world. One of his first great moments was his famous marking to Luis Figo the day of the return of the Portuguese to the Camp Nou with T Real Madrid. Luso was completely canceled, partly by more than 100.000 Fans who was charged with booing throughout the game, but also by the tight marking of hairy young man who was his shadow.

Pero 'values’ of Carles Puyol They went far beyond. The player left us images and gestures of remembrance. In a match played at the Santiago Bernabeu, Gerard Piqué He was hit by a fallen cigarette lighter from the stands. The Central Catalan it collected to show it to the referee, but '5’ he hastened to take it off and throw it off the pitch.

Piqué lighter
Puyol played down the 'mecherazo’ Pique in a classic at the Bernabeu (The country)

In Vallecas, Barca won a victory very strong. In the last goal, players like Thiago Y Dani Alves They began a celebration with 'bailecito’ included. There was the Barca captain to recriminarles action and demand respect for rival fans.

In the same way, Carles Puyol He had the great detail to allow Eric Abidal Y Tito vilanova, who had spent a bad time because of a serious illness, lifting trophies as Champions League and, something that belonged to him as captain. Where else he would have loved protagonist, he proved to know to step to the side to give this great moment companions had gone wrong.

Finally, to the 35 years, Catalan decided to hang up his boots. The right knee injury ended his career to weigh more than successful. He had fulfilled a dream, wear the shirt of the club he loves from start to finish, very succulent rejecting bids for the road.

Once removed, confessed that the only team which had played outside the club would have been the AC Milan, with one of his biggest idols, Paolo Maldini. We would have liked to see, definitely.

Javier Argudo

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