Former Barca ace Giuly set to retire
Former Barceloan winger Ludovic Giuly will call time on his 19-year playing career this summer and recently spoke about his fond memories at Camp Nou.
Frenchman Giuly won two La Liga titles and a Champions League medal with Barca during his time with the club between 2004 and 2007 and has since gone on to play for the likes of Roma and Paris Saint Germain.
The Lyon born winger is currently playing with Lorient in Ligue 1 but has decided to call time on his career and retire this summer.
Having played a total of 714 official matches to date, scoring 153 goals, Giuly remembers his days with Barca as some of the best and discussed his time at the club to France Football.
“Even today, I can still get into Camp Nou without a ticket; they recognize me and let me in. They know what I did for the club. Barça are thankful to everyone who has defended their shirt,” said Giuly.
“For my presentation at Barça, I bought myself a white suit thinking that I would look really smart. Everyone was giving me strange looks but I didn’t realize that white is Real Madrid’s colour! Laporta turned around and said to me: ‘Don’t do that again!’ So the next day, the white suit went straight into the bin!”
“When I was at Monaco, I considered myself to be quite a good player; I had won the Champions League and I was the team captain at Monaco.
“One day I was watching Ronaldinho and then I suddenly realized that whatever I did, I could never do the things he could do. It wasn’t that I had wooden feet or anything, but next to Ronaldinho… That was when I discovered that it was pointless trying to copy him.
“I started playing my own game and it worked out well. I really worked hard to be a part of that team.”
The 36-year-old will play his final game against Paris Saint Germain on May 26th and Giuly is hoping it will be a fitting farewell to a successful playing career.
“All of my family will be there at the Moustoir stadium. I have spoken to the coach about it and I hope he remembers. I don’t want to be let down because I really want to make a dignified exit,” he concluded.