Sunday’s game against Manchester City will be Brighton & Hove Albion captain Bruno’s final match of an illustrious career.
Albion’s Spanish skipper has made the decision to retire, ending his seven-year playing career with Albion — although it is hoped El Capitan will retain his association with Albion in a non-playing capacity.
Manager Chris Hughton paid tribute to his captain, saying, “To put it simply, Bruno has been outstanding — for the club and also for me personally. He’s been an outstanding player, an outstanding professional and is an outstanding person.
“He was already a legend here when I arrived as manager, and what he has done since then has been instrumental in our progress as a football club.
“He has been a key figure in our promotion to the Premier League, and in our two seasons at that level too. He is 38, playing in the best league in the world, but his performances have belied his age.
“Personally and on behalf of the football club, I would like to thank Bruno and wish him well for the next chapter.”
Chairman Tony Bloom added, “When Bruno signed for the club in 2012, we knew we were signing a player with proven quality, but what also impressed us was the personality that came as part of the package.
“Intelligent, honest, compassionate to others and always very approachable, he possessed the perfect traits to eventually become our club captain.
“On the pitch he has been a talisman, a player who has always inspired those around him with his performances, while off the pitch his total professionalism is the reason why, at the age of 38, he has still maintained the very highest levels — indeed, he was one of our best players at Arsenal last weekend.
“Bruno has become part of the fabric of this football club, this city, and our relationship will not end with his impending retirement. He will always be a part of us and I wish him and his family all the very best for the future.”
Meanwhile, chief executive and deputy chairman Paul Barber also paid his tribute, “I would like to add my thanks and best wishes to Bruno, ahead of his last match for us and his impending retirement.
“He has, without doubt, been one of the finest footballers, and human beings, I have ever had the pleasure to work with in football.
“We both joined the club during the same summer of 2012 - and we have shared so many ups and downs, and thankfully more ups than downs, in the seven seasons since.
“During that time we have talked about football, business, and life. And we have often negotiated on a range of player-related matters as the club captain and CEO should.
“At all times, Bruno has been a true gentleman, full of integrity and decency. I will miss working with him in his capacity as club captain and would like to wish Bruno and his family well for the future."