Carles Puyol was Barcelona’s captain from August 2004 until his retirement in 2014 and appeared in 593 competitive matches for the club. He won 18 major club titles, including six La Liga trophies and three Champions Leagues. Puyol won 100 caps for Spain and was part of the squads that won Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup. In the 2010 World Cup semi-final, he scored the only goal of the game against Germany.
Every successful team in football or any other team-based sports in the world has a leader in the team. A player who is widely respected and has an influence on all players. Someone whom players look up to as a role model and idol. The trait of leadership in football is often misunderstood by people, especially in modern football. Nowadays people think the leader(captain) of the team is the player who can shout at his teammates to motivate them or have a dialogue with the referee. This is only a small part of leadership.
- Leadership starts from the dressing room
- Knowing the team’s objectives and making sure teammates know them too!
- Commitment, Passion, and Hardwork
- Maintaining the team’s conduct and promoting fair play
- Recognizing efforts of his teammates and giving them tribute for it
“Carles Puyol is a footballing gentleman. His conduct is supreme and exemplary for all players in general. Every team should have player of his personality. Pique once called Puyol as his Guardian Angel and we think of him the same! We miss you, El Capità!”