Rafael Márquez leaves Barcelona on free transfer

Martin Caparrotta
By Martin Caparrotta
rafael marquez(Photo: Darz Mol)

rafael marquez

Defender Rafael Marquez will leave Barcelona on a free transfer after the Spanish club opted to release the Mexico captain from his contract.

The 31-year-old had two years remain on his deal with the La Liga champions but the club have chosen to release the centre-back.

“I could have stayed and played less, but that’s not my character,” Márquez said.

“At this moment the coach believes in other players, and I thought it was the adequate moment to go.”

It is understood that the Mexico captain has agreed to join former Barcelona team-mate Thierry Henry in signing for the New York Red Bulls, with the MLS side expected to announce the deal in a press conference on Tuesday.

Marquez scored 12 goals in 242 appearances for Barça after moving to the Catalan club from Monaco in 2004.

MORE:

MORE: The latest football transfer news

MORE: Meet the Premier League's most stylish footballers

MORE: Do you know the top Muslim footballers in the Premier League?

MORE: Take a tour of Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s £10m London house

MORE: Man United latest news

MORE: Arsenal latest news

MORE: Chelsea latest news

MORE: Liverpool latest news

The Sport Review
Shanghai Masters: Novak Djokovic makes 32 Masters with win over Borna Coric; presses for No1
The Sport Review
Take a tour of Cristiano Ronaldo’s stunning house in Madrid
The Sport Review
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
The Sport Review
Take a tour of Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s £10m London house with us
The Sport Review
Top 50 most stylish footballers in the world in 2017: Chelsea, Arsenal stars feature – Slideshow
The Sport Review
Eden Hazard opens up to Chelsea FC fans about Jose Mourinho regret
The Sport Review
Per Mertesacker: What Arsenal can learn from Chelsea FC
The Sport Review
Jordan Henderson talks up Liverpool FC’s ability to challenge in title race