Pique, 35, announced his retirement professional football on Thursday, with Saturday's LaLiga clash against Almeria his last game at the Camp Nou.

LaLiga president Javier Tebas has said he has doubt Gerard Pique will one day become a "great president of Barcelona."

Pique, whose grandfather was a club board member, has spoken in the past about his ambition to become club president and said in a video on Thursday that "sooner or later I will be back."

"I have no doubt," Tebas told Spanish radio network COPE of the possibility that Pique will one day preside over Barca.

Pique, who won 102 caps for Spain, retired from international football in 2018 at 31 having lifted the 2010 World Cup and the 2012 European Championship.

Pique is under contract with Barca until June 2024 but had lost his place as a regular starter. Barca president Joan Laporta said Pique's decision was not sudden but "much meditated."

Pique joined the club's academy in 1997 before leaving for Manchester United in 2004. Pique is fifth on the Barca's all-time appearance list and has won 30 titles.