Pau Gasol in a setting of the Barça in his goodbye / Image: Twitter Official FCB

PAU RETIRED THIS TUESDAY

Barça's loving message to say goodbye to Pau Gasol

Published:6/10/2021 - 09:28h

Updated:6/10/2021 - 09:28h

Pau Gasol announced his retirement from basketball this Tuesday and FC Barcelona has not hesitated to say goodbye to the legend. The Catalans dedicated an affectionate message to their former player on social networks

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Pau Gasol announced this past Tuesday in the afternoon his official withdrawal of the basketball in active. "I withdraw me of the professional basketball. It is a difficult decision after so many years, is a decision meditada and it is necessary to change of course and know enjoy. It wanted to finish playing and enjoying, no by an injury. I am very appreciated to all those that have contributed to that this went a reality. Have won a new League in the Club where began, is very special", commented the Catalan.

The one of Saint Boi puts end to a career plagada of successes in which it has turned into the idol of several generations, in the best player of the history of the Spanish basketball and in one of the European legends bigger that have played in the NBA. A historical sportsman that began in the FC Barcelona and that also has finished in the group barcelonista, where played the last months of the past campaign and where conquered the league Endesa.

By this past, present and can that even future culé, the Barça has not doubted in appreciating him to Pau all his career. "It withdraws the legend Pau Gasol. We only can say: 'Thank you Pau'", wrote the blaugrana in his account of Twitter, accompanying these words with the emoticono of a goat, in reference to the popular, 'GOAT' (Greatest Of All Time, the biggest of all time). A farewell to the height of the greater legend of the Spanish basketball and the best player that has happened never by the Catalan picture.

On the other hand, in his press conference Pau also appreciated the opportunity to the Barcelona, that received him when any another club trusted he after his larguísima injury. "I am a person of challenges, me apetecía struggle by the unlikely. Had the illusion to be able to play in front of my daughter, worked for this. It was calm but at the same time with illusion. It presented the possibility of fichar by the Barça, what did not foresee. I appreciate them the confidence to give me this opportunity, has been one of the most beautiful stages of my career", affirmed the ex of the Lakers or of the Chicago Bulls.

A historical career of a legendary player

Also it fits to remember that Gasol debuted in the Barça the season 1998/1999, does more than 20 years, and formed part of the first team from this year 1999 until the 2001, when after conquering his second ACB and his first Glass of Rey decided to leave to the NBA. After a magnificent stage in the best league of the world, where conquered two rings with the Lakers, left of United States lesionado and with few options to go back to play.

Luckily for him and for all the fans to the basketball of the world, after operating , struggled, worked and found in the Barça his perfect accomplice to sack to the big. This past course, Pau played 23 parties like blaugrana, was important in the rotation of Saunas Jasikevicius, played the final of the Euroliga and put end to his career raising a League that always will remember .

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