After hitting two home runs on Saturday night, Albert Pujols is just eight short of reaching 700 in his career.

Albert Pujols

Albert Pujols

At the time it seemed unlikely that Pujols would hit the historical number, but he's enjoying a great run with

six homers over the course of his recent eight games, which puts his 700-hit streak in the balance.

Albert Pujols

But, Pujols will not let this number affect his decision to retire at the close of the season. The Cardinal's famous player has told

the USA Today's Bob Nightengale still will retire after the season, no matter the place he finishes on the all-time home runs list.

"I'm still going to retire, no matter whether I end up hitting 693, 696, 700, whatever," Pujols stated. "I do not get caught up in numbers.

If you were to claim 22 years ago that I'd be this close I'd tell you you're insane. My career has been remarkable."

Real Sociedad vs Barcelona summary