LaLiga president Javier Tebas has said he has no doubt Gerard Pique will one day become a "great president of Barcelona."
Pique, 35, announced his retirement professional football on Thursday, with Saturday's LaLiga clash against Almeria his last game at the Camp Nou.
The veteran Barcelona defender, 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.
"He has three qualities to become Barcelona president. He has been at the club for 25 years. He knows the world of football as a player, and he knows the industry of football and sports as a businessman."
"He knows they are very different facets. He's had experience of decision making as a businessman, with his success and failures, and he can become a great president of Barcelona. I believe he can. I believe he has the capacity to do so."
Pique is founder and president of Kosmos, a company that leads sports, media and entertainment ventures.