Márquez: “I will always be a Barca fan”
Rafa Márquez officially announced his departure from the club after seven years this evening, but he told the media at his final press conference: “I’ll always be a Barca fan. This is just au revoir. I’ll definitely be back at this club!”
Accompanied by Club President Sandro Rosell, Josep Guardiola and captain Carles Puyol, Rafa Márquez
explained his motives for leaving after seven years at the club in
a press conference
held in the Sala Paris on Saturday evening.
“The best years of my life”
Marquez explained: “these have been the best years of my life and
my footballing career. I’ve won everything possible with this team”. Marquez also
thanked the club members, fans and the press “because although you had your doubts at the
start of my time here, my hard work and quality made you change your minds and that made me feel a
part of this team”.
Great send off
Marquez also thanked Frank Rikjaard and Pep Guardiola for the confidence the two managers
showed in him, as well as President Sandro Rosell who “really went out on a limb for
me” in 2003. I’d also like to thank him for organising this act for me, because not
every player has the chance to leave with such a great send off”.
Long list of successes
After winning 2 Champions Leagues, 4 Leagues, 1 World Club Cup, 1
European Super Cup, 1 Spanish Cup, 3 Spanish Super Cups and 3 Catalan Cups, Rafa Marquez insisted:
“for the rest of my life, I will always be a Barca fan. I’m sure that I will one day
return to Barcelona and to this institution”.
Marquez continued: “winning titles has been important of course,
but the institution and supporting the club is the best thing”. Explaining his decision to
leave, Marquez made it clear that: “last season I didn’t play as much as I’d have
liked and before the season ended I spoke to Guardiola, who told me the choice was in my hands. I
think my time here has come to an end - I’ve always been ambitious and I want to be a regular
starter. That can’t happen here, so it’s a good time to leave with my head held high
and start a new challenge”,
Finally Marquez commented: “farewells are said to be sad affairs, but I’m leaving
happy in the knowledge of everything I have won here and everything I have. I’d have loved to
retire here, but things don’t always turn out as you’d like them to. I’m still
not sure where I’ll be going, I’m weighing up the options”.