Gerard Pique's retirement: surprised or unfazed? Here's how Shakira, his ex-girlfriend

Gerard Pique, a Barcelona defender, announced his retirement on Thursday after an amazing career, saying, 'the moment has come to conclude this trip.'

The 35-year-old, who made headlines earlier this year after his shocking split from ex-girlfriend Shakira, added on Twitter, "Saturday's match (against Almeria) will be my last at the Camp Nou."

Pique retires after four Champions League titles, the 2010 World Cup, and the 2012 Euros with Spain. 

The defender met spectacular 'Waka Waka' singer Shakira at the showpiece event in South Africa, and their romance bloomed from there. 

The Colombian singer also performed the national hymn at the 2010 World Cup closing ceremony, after which Spain defeated the Netherlands 1-0.

Pique announced his retirement with a video clip of himself as a tiny boy wearing the Catalan club's jersey or chasing great legends for signatures. 

"I wanted to let you know that I've decided it's time to call it quits on this adventure. 

After Barcelona, there is no other team. I'm going to be a huge fan. 

The Colombian singer, who is claimed to have been in a painful divorce after learning of the Spaniard's alleged affair with Clara Chia Marti, has kept silent