Joan Laporta discusses reason behind Gerard Pique retirement

Barcelona president Joan Laporta has maintained that Gerard Pique’s decision to retire was decided by him and ‘probably’ a sporting decision.

Pique called time on an exceptional career last week and made his final Barcelona appearance in a victory over Almeria in La Liga, drawing the curtain mid-season after a tricky beginning to the campaign.

While his decline has been apparent, there had also been suspicions that Pique had chosen to hang up his boots in order to provide Barcelona with further financial breathing room, with his contract now off the wage bill.

But Laporta spoke to SPORT about…

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