|Name||Carles Puyol Saforcada|
|Date of Birthday||Apr 13, 1978|
|Place of Birthday||La Pobla de Segur|
|Position||Defender – Centre-Back|
Carles Puyol Saforcada is a Spain & Barcelona legend. Regarded as one of the best defenders and leaders of his generation, he was nicknamed the ‘wall’ by his teammates due to his explosive strength, commanding aerial presence, intense commitment and ruggedness. The versatile defender could play on either flank but really stamped his mark globally on the centre back position. Puyol captained Barcelona for 10 years from 2004 right up to his retirement in 2014, earning 593 caps for the Catalan giants. Puyol has a decorated trophy cabinet with 20 major trophies with the club; 6 La Ligas & 3 Champions League titles.
For Spain, he bagged 100 caps, representing them at the 2000 Olympics, 2002 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 2004, 2006 World Cup, Euro 2008, 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2010 World Cup.
Puyol won the Euro 2008 with Spain where Spain’s defence conceded only 2 goals, beating European heavyweights Germany in the final. He also helped Spain win their first FIFA World Cup in 2010 where they beat the Netherlands playing every game and scoring in the semi-finals and again knocking out competition favourites at the time Germany to advance to the final.
He bid farewell to the club on May 13th 2014, having spent 15 years with the first team (10 as captain) and winning 20 major trophies in the process.