Carles Puyol announced Tuesday that he will depart Barcelona, and he leaves behind a trail of silverware in his 15 years of service.
The defender has played for the Catalans his entire career and has been a key figure for more than a decade after making his debut during Louis van Gaal's tenure in 1999.
Injuries in the past 18 months have restricted the 35-year-old's playing time and subsequently resulted in him being linked with a move away when his contract ends in the summer, something the Spain international has now confirmed during the international break.
Puyol will depart Camp Nou with at least 21 titles to his name, plus whatever remaining trophies Gerardo Martino's men can lift before the end of the 2013-14 campaign.
The Barca skipper's career has seen him take home three Champions Leagues, six La Ligas, two Copas del Rey, six Supercopas de Espana, two UEFA Super Cups and two Club World Cups.
|CARLES PUYOL'S CAREER
|COPA DEL REY||58||36||13||9||4|
| UEFA SUPER CUP
|CLUB WORLD CUP
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Puyol will hope that he can play some part in the Blaugrana's defense of their Primera Division crown, with the club currently sitting just one point behind first-place Real Madrid.
Barca's 2-0 victory at Manchester City in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 clash means that their European ambitions still look healthy, although they will be desperate to avoid another humiliation like they suffered last season in their 7-0 semifinal loss to Bayern Munich.
The next chance that the center back will have to make it 22 Barca trophies will be in the Copa del Rey final against Clasico rival Real Madrid on April 16.
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