Barcelona legend Carles Puyol may be coming out of retirement. According to the Daily Mail the center back has been training in a comeback attempt. Puyol is 36-years-old.
New York City Football Club still have one designated player spot left, and Puyol could be a good addition to the team. David Villa did play alongside Puyol during his time at FC Barcelona from 2010-2013 and on the Spanish national team extensively.
However NYCFC is not the only team the six-time La Liga champion is pondering. Qatari club Al-Sadd is another option. Al-Sadd is the same club who recently signed Puyol’s longtime teammate Xavi.
Puyol has stated before if not for his nagging knee injuries late in his career, he would have played longer at Barcelona. Puyol is reportedly not considering a Barcelona return at the moment.
The defense has been solid for NYCFC thus far but that has been largely up to Josh Saunders strong play, and additional help is always needed. Puyol is looking for a short contract so the deal would not handicap NYCFC’s future as well.
Puyol has won La Liga six times, the Champions league thrice along with the World Cup in 2010. Individually, Puyol has been named to the UEFA Team of the Year in 2002 and 2005-2010.
The defender is known for his relentless work ethic and ability to be versatile and play anywhere along the back line. In fact Puyol was originally a right back before converting to the center early in his career.
Plus, who wouldn’t want to see his hair in NYCFC blue?