Credit: Twitter

Credit: Twitter

Spanish giants Barcelona are approaching their 27th La Liga championship as they have managed a 13-point lead over the second-placed Atletico de Madrid with five games remaining in the season, however, the Blaugrana captain Sergio Busquets has recently announced on social media that after spending 18 seasons with the Catalan Giants, the 34-year-old will leave the club at the end of the season.

Busquets arrived at FC Barcelona in 2005 and spent two seasons with the U19A side before moving to a Barça B side. The team was coached by Pep Guardiola and Busquets helped them to the Second Division B promotion.

The Barça midfielder announced his decision on Wednesday via social media in an emotional video in which he said, "Hello Culers! The time has to come to announce that this will be my last season with Barca. It has been an unforgettable journey. Since I was a child coming to the matches or watching them on TV, I always dreamed of playing with this shirt and at this stadium. And reality has exceeded all my dreams."

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The Barcelona midfielder admitted, "Although it has not been an easy decision. I think the time has come." Busquets went on to thank "all those people" who accompanied him in all these years at Barcelona.

The Spanish defender made his debut for Barcelona's first team in 2008 and has won 31 major trophies since then with the club including three UEFA Champions League titles, eight  La Liga championships, seven Copa del Rey trophies, seven Spanish Super Cups, three European Super Cups, and three Club World Cups in his  718 appearances in a Barça shirt, which places him third on the all-time list.

After his departure from the Spanish giants, Busquets is expected to join a Saudi Arabian Club while MLS clubs have also shown their interest in signing the midfielder.