My guardian angel.
The day has come. You’re leaving. Although it is life, it is impossible to imagine a club without you. If I look back and remember Paris or Rome, the first image that comes to mind is you lifting the European Cup. At Wembley you gave the honor to Abi, a memory which makes you even greater. My generation and those that come after do not know what a club is without Puyi in defense, with the armband and ‘5’ on the back. I guess nothing will be the same.
I met you almost 6 years ago. You were the captain of the team and I was young and coming to take on the world. From the first day we had a great relationship both on and off the field. By your side I felt protected. I knew that if one day I failed, you would be there to save me. You were my guardian angel.
I know that I will miss our talks in the locker room, your tips and especially your ‘fights’ on the pitch. You are unique and irreplaceable. It makes me laugh when they talk about signing ‘the new Puyol’. They can keep looking, because they will never find him.
Thanks for everything, Puyi.