Jordi Alba, the 34-year-old left-back, has made the decision to leave FC Barcelona despite having one more year remaining on his contract until 2024. After spending 11 seasons with the Barcelona first team, Alba is ready to pursue new professional challenges. The player will officially announce his decision at a press conference in the afternoon during the presentation of his campus at Camp Can Masarnau in Igualada. It’s scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
Since joining Barcelona in the summer of 2012, just before the Eurocopa, Alba has been an undisputed starter, except for the current season. Barcelona paid €14 million to Valencia to secure his signing, and Alba quickly established himself as a key figure in the team’s defense.
Last week, Jordi Alba met with president Joan Laporta and Alejandro Echevarría at a Barcelona restaurant to discuss his future. After a period of reflection, he took the decision to seek new opportunities elsewhere. The next step for the left-back is to choose whether to continue playing in a competitive league or to explore a more exotic destination. One option is playing at Saudi Arabia, which has already tempted the likes of Messi and Busquets.
Jordi Alba’s Legacy
Jordi Alba’s departure marks the end of an era, as he leaves behind a remarkable legacy at Barcelona. With 458 official appearances, he is the ninth player with the most matches in the club’s history. Alba’s offensive contribution as a left-back has been exceptional, accumulating 99 assists and 27 goals during his time with the club.
Alba’s tenure at Barcelona has been adorned with success, with the left-back winning an impressive array of trophies. He lifted six La Liga titles and five Copa del Rey trophies. Moreover, one Champions League trophy, one FIFA Club World Cup, one UEFA Super Cup, and four Spanish Super Cups. Additionally, Alba was part of the Spanish national team that won the 2012 UEFA European Championship.
Throughout his tenure, Alba formed a formidable partnership with Barcelona’s talisman, Lionel Messi. Their telepathic understanding on the pitch resulted in numerous goal-scoring opportunities and assists.
Farewell and Ovation
As Jordi Alba bids farewell to Barcelona, the Spotify Camp Nou will be his last encounter with the fans before undergoing renovations. The Barcelona faithful will undoubtedly give him a rousing ovation to honor his illustrious career at the club. Alongside Alba, another beloved player, Sergio Busquets, will also be bidding farewell to the club. This will surely create an emotional atmosphere as two stalwarts of the team leave.
Fans will reflect on his remarkable contributions to the club. From his blistering runs down the left flank to his unwavering commitment on the pitch, Alba will be remembered as a true Barcelona legend.
Barcelona supporters will express their gratitude and admiration for Jordi Alba’s service to the club. His dedication, passion, and consistent performances have left an indelible mark on the hearts of fans worldwide.